Writing Competitions

Organization

Scholarship

Deadline


Best Book: $2500 ; Best Publishable article, book chaper: $2000; Best Student note or comment: $1,000
12/1/2015

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce awards to be presented for

(a) the best book
(b) the best publishable article, book chapter, or substantial book review
(c) the best student note or comment

on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law.

Eligible entries will address a topic on consumer financial services, but not securities regulation, insurance, or the safety-and-soundness aspects of banking regulation. Works on subjects within these (or other) areas, however, will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.

Entries must have been written or published between November 15, 2013, and December 1, 2014. The deadline for submission is December 1, 2014. Unpublished entries should be typed, double spaced, and in law review format. The winners will be honored at the annual meeting of the College held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, to be held in San Francisco in April 2015.

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is a nonprofit association of attorneys who have made significant contributions to consumer financial services law over an extended period of time. Its members include academics, present and former federal and state regulatory and enforcement officers, authors in the field, private practitioners, counsel for financial institutions and other service providers, and representatives of consumer protection and advocacy organizations.

Entries must be submitted in electronic format and should be sent to:

L. Jean Noonan, Esquire, ACCFSL Writing Competition Chair Hudson Cook, LLP 1020 19th St., NW, 7th Floor Washington, DC 20036 jnoonan@hudco.com

For additional information, please visit the following site:
http://www.accfsl.org

Outstanding paper, law student, $250; Outstanding paper, medical student $250
1/2/2015

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Topic

2015 Contest Question

There is a growing consensus that the U.S. Health care system is frequently characterized by the excessive and unnecessary provision of medical services. One of the impediments to rationalizing medical practice to reduce tests, procedures, and treatments that are not clinically indicated and appropriate for particular patients is the perception by practicing health care professionals that the prevalent and often overused tests, procedures, and treatments are compelled by the current American legal system, and that health care professionals’ efforts to reduce the current waste and inefficiency will result in their expanded exposure to malpractice litigation and liability. Discuss the ways in which the medical and legal professions may work together collaboratively to address the problem of excessive, unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient provision of medical services in the U.S.

Applicant and Paper Criteria

  1. All authors must be enrolled, at the time of paper submission, in an accredited law school or medical school (M.D. or D.O.) or participating in an accredited medical residency program in the United States.
  2. No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered; however, papers written for course credit are allowed as long as they have not been published. An applicant may submit a paper for publication consideration after the winner of this writing competition has been announced.
  3. Each submitted paper must be the original work of a single author.

Format

  1. The length of the paper must be between 1,200 and 5,000 words. The word count applies to the total paper, including title page, body, footnotes, figures, and tables (if any).
  2. No abstract is required.
  3. All references should be in the form of footnotes, using either Blue Book or APA style.
  4. All papers are to be submitted in Word document format, using 12 point Times New Roman font for all text, including footnotes. The body of papers must be double-spaced and footnotes should be single-spaced. All text must have one inch margins. All pages must be numbered.
  5. The first page must be the cover page, which must include: the author’s name, full contact information, and school or residency program, as well as the final word count obtained from Word and a disclosure of any conflict of interest affecting the author concerning the subject matter of the paper.
  6. At the top of the first page of text, only the title of the paper should appear.
  7. If the author wishes to acknowledge an individual or institution, this may be done only on the cover page.

Judging

  1. All papers will be judged by a committee of national experts on medical-legal collaboration, appointed by the Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, in a blinded review process. The decision of the judges is final.
  2. Prizes will not be awarded if the competition judges determine that no entry in a particular year meets the appropriate standards.
  3. Papers will be judged according to the following criteria:
    • Responsiveness to the competition question
    • Originality and thoughtfulness
    • Quality of analysis
    • Quality of writing

Deadline and Submission

  1. All papers must be submitted in the proper format by midnight (EST) on January 2, 2015.
  2. Papers must be submitted electronically to marshall.kapp@med.fsu.edu.
  3. Direct questions to:
    Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition, Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, 1115 W. Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300

    Phone: 850-645-9473

    Web: Link

    Email: marshall.kapp@med.fsu.edu

  4. Winners will be announced on or before April 1, 2015.
1st place: $500, blog publication ; 2nd place: $200, blog publication; 3rd place: blog publication
12/31/2014

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

You love the law, but your friends think it’s boring. Show them that legal topics can be interesting, and even entertaining, while still providing substantive legal insights by entering The Expert Institute’s Legal Blog Writing Contest. To participate, submit a 1,000 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation through our online submission portal at the bottom of this page by December 31, 2014. If your article wins, you will receive a $500 cash prize, and your article will be published on The Expert Institute’s blog and distributed in our weekly newsletter, where it will be read by thousands of practicing attorneys.

Official Guidelines

To win, your article not only has to be logically rigorous and substantive, it also needs to be engaging, entertaining, and eye-catching. Ideally, lay people should be able to understand and enjoy the article, while lawyers should find it useful and insightful.

Eligibility and Topic

J.D. Students – Any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses

Parameters

  • Specific case references are required, and the article must contain specific examples
  • Must be an unpublished, original submission. The Expert Institute reserves the right to publish in print and digital all or part of the essay or abstract at its discretion
  • Citations should be inline – no footnotes or endnotes. Links to electronic sources are encouraged
  • 1,500 – 2,500 words, written in a blog post format

Submission must include

  • Full name of author (First, Middle, and Last)
  • Contact information for author, including e-mail address and phone number
  • Author photo (recommended) in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format with a maximum file size of 1 MB. Image size
  • must be at least 150 x 200 pixels.
  • School name and mailing address.
  • A .doc or .docx file of your article
  • A valid .edu email

Judging

The Expert Institute editorial staff, as well as a panel of practicing trial lawyers will judge the contest. Factors that will be considered during judgment include:

  • Clarity, style, and poise of writing
  • Originality of topic
  • Thoroughness of research and quality of analysis
  • Comprehensibility by lay and professional audiences

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

This Year’s Topic:

”WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPROVE THE LEGAL SYSTEM?”

Official Rules:

  • You must describe, in at least 1000 words, the innovative and highly impactful way in which you could aid in re-engineering the way the legal system operates and/or making it more accessible to the public.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • You must currently attend an accredited United States law school, or be enrolling in an accredited United States law school for the 2014-2015 school year.
  • Should you win, you must allow us to publish your name and essay in all media formats.
  • You must indicate your agreement to the terms and conditions by signing the Consent and Release attached to the application.

Application Deadline:

Entries will be accepted beginning at 12:00 am EST on July 1st, 2014 until 11:59 pm EST on October 5th, 2014. The Contest winner will be officially announced on November 28th, 2014 and will be notified by e-mail, telephone, or by regular U. S. postal mail, within approximately three (3) business days of the selection. If a potential winner cannot be contacted after reasonable effort within two (2) days after the first attempt to contact him/her, this will result in forfeiture of the prize and an alternate entrant will be selected in his/her place at random from among all eligible entries received during the registration time frame. Potential winners must comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements listed.

1st place: $1,500 , 2nd place: $700
10/3/2014

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Eligibility/topics

The University of Richmond Journal of Law and Technology is pleased to announce the 2014 biennial Student Law and Technology Writing Competition. This writing competition allows current students from ABA-accredited law schools to compete for cash prizes as well as the opportunity to have their work published in the University of Richmond’s Journal of Law and Technology.

The Student Law and Technology Writing Competition includes three separate awards offered to law students who have submitted exemplary papers. The first place article will receive $1,500 and the second place article will receive $700. In addition, one law student from The University of Richmond School of Law will receive the Rick Klau Prize of $300.

In order for an article to be properly considered, it must be submitted according to the guidelines provided below.

Submission Guidelines

  • Papers must be written independently
  • Only students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school’s J.D. program as of January 1, 2015 may participate.
  • The topic of the paper MUST deal with a topic at the intersection of both law and technology.
  • Papers that have been submitted to or published by a student publication are not acceptable for submission to the contest.
  • Papers submitted must not exceed 30 pages in length and should be formatted as follows: using size 12 Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and 1-inch margins on all sides. Submissions may not be in .pdf format.
  • Citations for the paper must be in compliance with the rules set out in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 19th ed. ​
  • An entry form must be included with each submission, a copy of the entry form is available on the Journal’s website at http://law.richmond.edu/jolt.

To Submit

All entries for the 2014 Student Law and Technology Writing Competition must be submitted via e-mail by Friday, October 3, 2014 at midnight EST. The e-mail submissions must be sent to jolt@richmond.edu and must include “Student Law and Technology Writing Competition” in the subject line. Please direct all questions to the same e-mail address.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

The U.S. Constitution has long been interpreted by judges and understood by most Americans to support comprehensive environmental protection. However, arguments questioning the constitutional legitimacy or application of environmental law continue to be made. ELI and NAELS invite law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. This annual writing competition is made possible through the generous support of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., one of the premier environmental law firms in the nation.

THE BEVERIDGE & DIAMOND CONSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW PRIZE:

The author of the article deemed best by a panel of judges will receive $2000 cash, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

TOPIC:

Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or “federalism” component. (See sample topics below.)

ELIGIBILITY:

Students currently enrolled in law school (in the U.S. or abroad) are eligible, including students who will graduate in 2015. Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit. Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit. Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible.

DEADLINE:

Entries must be received no later than 5:00 PM ET on Monday, April 6, 2015. Please email entries (and any questions) to Talia Fox at fox@eli.org. You will receive a confirmation by email.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

Cover page. This separate page must include the following information:

  • Title
  • Author’s name, year in law school, and expected graduation date (to facilitate impartial judging, the author’s name and law school must NOT appear anywhere in the entry, other than on this cover page)
  • Law school name and address
  • Author’s permanent and school mailing addresses, email address, and phone number (IMPORTANT: indicate effective dates for any contact information that is subject to change)
  • Abstract (limited to 100 words) describing the piece
  • Certification that the article has not been published and is not slated for future publication (while authors may submit their articles to other publishers or competitions, acceptance for publication elsewhere will disqualify an entry from further consideration)
  • Statement as to where the author(s) learned about this competition

Format. Submissions may be of any length up to a maximum of 50 pages (including footnotes), in a double-spaced, 8.5 x 11-inch page format with 12-point font (10-point for footnotes). Citation style must conform to the Bluebook. Submissions must be made by email attachment in Microsoft Word format, with the cover page as a separate attachment.

CRITERIA & PUBLICATION:

The prize will be awarded to the student work that, in the judgment of our reviewers, best advances the state of scholarship and informs the debate on a current topic of constitutional environmental law. ELI reserves the right to determine that no submission will receive the prize. While only one cash prize is available, ELI may decide to extend multiple offers of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter.

For more about ELI, including the results of past writing competitions, please visit www.eli.org and http://www.eli.org/program_areas/writing_competition_index.cfm.

For additional information, please visit the following site: http://www.eli.org/environmental-governance/beveridge-diamond-constitutional-environmental-law-writing-competition

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