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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

2016 Food Law Student Leadership Summit
Sept. 30th to Oct. 2nd
Drake Law School,  Des Moines, IA


A forum for law students from around the country who share a passion for
creating an equitable, transparent, healthy, and sustainable food system:
• Learn from policy practitioners, academics, activists, farmers, and more
• Build a network for food law and policy colleagues
• Work on policy solutions for today’s most pressing food challenges
• Tour local farms and farmers markets

LEARN MORE and APPLY:


Any law student (JD and LLM) at a U.S. law school is eligible to apply. Hotel accommodation and all
meals will be covered, and transportation scholarships are available. Applications will be reviewed on a
rolling basis beginning in June. Apply early as space is limited.

Monday, May 9, 2016

The 2017 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Is Now Available!

Application deadline is June 17, 2016.

Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected, appreciated, and recognized as sources of strength of the Firm. These qualities enrich the environment in which we work. With this in mind, Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2016. Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2017 in one of our Firm’s offices. Additionally, each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid prior to the student's third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit:



Please do not hesitate to contact Helen Beasley with questions at hbeasley@bakerdonelson.com.    

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The 2017 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Is Now Available!

Application deadline is June 17, 2016.

Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected, appreciated, and recognized as sources of strength of the Firm. These qualities enrich the environment in which we work. With this in mind, Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2016. Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2017 in one of our Firm’s offices. Additionally, each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid prior to the student's third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit:
http://www.bakerdonelson.com/diversity-scholarship-diversity-practices/

Monday, April 4, 2016

Judge John R. Brown Award

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation
1177 West Loop South, Tenth Floor
Houston, Texas 77027


2016 Rules for the Brown Award of $10,000 for Excellence in Legal Writing

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-third annual Brown Award. The Award is in recognition of Excellence in Legal Writing in American Law Schools. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B degree is eligible to submit a paper for the Award. This year the stipend for the winner is $10,000. The 2015 Award was presented to Michael Clemente, Yale Law School, for his paper, A Reassessment of Common Law Protections for “Idiots.”

In order to be considered, two copies of a current legal writing must be submitted to the Foundation c/o Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C., Tenth Floor, 1177 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027-9007. The article must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional other than the author of the paper. Only one paper may be submitted on behalf of any student and only one paper may be sponsored by any faculty member or legal professional. The submission must be postmarked no later than August 19, 2016. The student’s package must contain a separate sheet containing the title of the paper; the name, physical address, telephone number, and email address of the student; and the name, title, physical address, and email address of the student’s sponsor. There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject. The Foundation will appoint a final judging panel consisting of a law school dean, a federal judge, and a law school professor. The Foundation will not return any material submitted to the Foundation.

The 2016 recipient of the Brown Award will be notified by January 31, 2017, and listed with the other finalists at the website www.brownsims.com-/about-brown-sims/affiliations/judge-john-r-brown-award.  

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

2016 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize


Eligible books and articles should focus on the tension between civil liberties and national security.


Entries will be accepted through July 1, 2016, for the Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.
Established in 2007 at Chicago-Kent College of Law by alumnus Roy C. Palmer and his wife, Susan M. Palmer, the prize honors a work of scholarship that explores the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society. The $10,000 prize is designed to encourage and reward public debate among scholars on current issues affecting the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of governments throughout the world.
Articles or books submitted to the competition must be in draft form or have been published within one year prior to the July 1 deadline. As a condition of accepting the award, the winner will present his or her work at Chicago-Kent. All reasonable expenses will be paid.
Previous recipients of the Palmer Prize include:
  • David D. Cole and Jules L. Lobel for Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror(The New Press 2007)
  • Harold H. Bruff for Bad Advice: Bush's Lawyers in the War on Terror (University Press of Kansas 2009)
  • Scott M. Matheson, Jr., for Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times (Harvard University Press 2009)
  • Gabriella Blum and Philip B. Heymann for Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists: Lessons from the War on Terrorism (MIT Press 2010)
  • Laura A. Dickinson for Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Privatized Foreign Affairs (Yale University Press 2011)
  • Susan N. Herman for Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy(Oxford University Press 2011)
  • Ganesh Sitaraman for The Counterinsurgent's Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars (Oxford University Press 2012)
  • Heidi Kitrosser for Reclaiming Accountability: Transparency, Executive Power, and the U.S. Constitution(University of Chicago Press 2015)
  • Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum for The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones—Confronting a New Age of Threat (Basic Books 2015)
Benefactor Roy Palmer, a lawyer and real estate developer, is a 1962 honors graduate of Chicago-Kent and a former member of its board of overseers. Palmer is the recipient of the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association's 2012 Distinguished Service Award and was recently honored by the law school as one of "125 Alumni of Distinction." Mr. and Mrs. Palmer are active in numerous civic, social and philanthropic organizations.
Eligible books and articles should be submitted to Tasha Kincade, assistant to Dean Harold J. Krent, attkincade@kentlaw.iit.edu or Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661-3691.
Founded in 1888, Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, a private, technology-focused research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Jacqueline A. Seaberg
Office of Public Affairs
jseaberg@kentlaw.iit.edu
(312) 906-5257


Friday, February 26, 2016

National Association of Women Lawyers 2016 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
 

The mission of the National Association of Women Lawyers is to provide leadership, a collective voice, and essential resources to advance women in the legal profession and advocate for the equality of women under the law. Since 1899, NAWL has been empowering women in the legal profession, cultivating a diverse membership dedicated to equality, mutual support, and collective success. NAWL has established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law.

The rules for the competition are as follows:

Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law.

Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2015-16 school year. The essays must be the law student author's own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the summer, fall, or spring semesters are eligible for submission. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project.

FORMAT: Essays must be double-spaced in 12-point, Times New Roman font. All margins must be one inch. Entries must not exceed fifteen (15) pages of text, excluding notes, with footnotes placed as endnotes. Citation style should conform to The Bluebook - A Uniform System of Citation. Essays longer than 15 pages of text, excluding notes, or that are not in the required format will not be read.

JUDGING: NAWL Women Lawyers Journal® designees will judge the competition. Essays will be judged based upon content, exhaustiveness of research, originality, writing style, and timeliness.

QUESTIONS: Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to the chair of the Writing Competition, Professor Jennifer Martin at jmartin@stu.edu.

SUBMISSION AND DEADLINE: Entries must be received by May 1, 2016. Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the discretion of NAWL. Entries must provide a cover letter providing the title of the essay, school affiliation, email address, phone number, and mailing address. Entries must be submitted in the following format: email an electronic version (in Microsoft Word) to jmartin@stu.edu.

AWARD: The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in the Women Lawyers Journal. The most recent winning paper was "The Practice of Name Suppression: How the News Media Promotes the Stigmatization of Rape Victims" written by Emily Suran, University of Michigan Law School. Please view paper by clicking here

Monday, February 22, 2016

DISH® 2016
“Best in Class”
eDiscovery Legal Research and
Writing Competition

Sponsored by DISH Network L.L.C., in conjunction with Redgrave LLP
first grand prize is $2,500
second place prize is $1,000

All eligible law school students who (a) have obtained a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution and (b) are or will be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law program in the United States on the date of submission can compete.

The submission deadline is Monday, April 11, 2016.

The DISH® “Best in Class” eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition
encourages law students to develop a thorough understanding of the evolution and practice of
Information Governance and Discovery in civil litigation. The competition is the only
one of its kind designed to challenge law students to explore the evolving issues of document
management, electronically stored information, and ever-expanding technology—along
with their application to the law.

Additional contest information can be found on the contest website at:
http://www.dishediscovery.com
Please direct all questions to contactus@dishediscovery.com.