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Friday, January 23, 2015

Notre Dame Law School sponsors an annual writing competition on the topic of legal ethics.

All students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate.
The competition is open to all law students at U.S.and Canadian law schools. Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics. Entries must be original.unpublished work.
Entries must not exceed 50 pages,including notes.on 8.5 x 11 paper,double space, and standard font

Coauthored essays may be submitted.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of faculty of the Notre Dame Law School. A prize of $2,500 will be awarded for one winning entry.
All entries must be received before 5 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2015.

Please include cover letter with contact information and name of current law school.
All entries should be submitted to:
SmithDoheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition Notre Dame Law School
P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556 (574) 6316749
                           Fax: (574) 6318612

Friday, January 16, 2015

Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest
For Law Students and Young Lawyers
For Innovative Research and Writing on Lawyers' Professional Liability
An Annual Competition
Concluding every April
$5,000 Prize & a free trip to the LPL National Legal Malpractice Conference!
Contest Deadline & Information

Deadline for Submission

ONLINE entries MUST be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on February 20, 2015.

MAILED entries MUST be postmarked by February 20, 2015.

Contest Mission

The contest encourages original and innovative research and writing in the area of legal malpractice law, professional liability insurance and loss prevention.


* Cash award of $5,000.
* All expense paid trip to the Spring 2015 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, DC, April 8-10, 2015.


The Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest is conducted by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and the San Francisco law firm of Long & Levit LLP. The 2015 contest is administered and judged by a subcommittee designated by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.

The Assignment

The 2015 Contest Essay Hypothetical involves liability issues arising from the breach of a law firm’s computer network and the subsequent leaking of a client’s confidential information.

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Frederic L. Ballard, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program

The 2015 Frederic L. Ballard, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program - Now Accepting Applications

NABL is pleased to announce that it is once again offering up to five scholarships to law school students to attend the 2015 Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminar.  Now in its fourth year, the scholarship program was renamed in honor of Frederic L. “Rick” Ballard, Jr. by the NABL Board of Directors in September 2014.  This year's seminar is being held April 22-24, 2015 at the Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. 
Qualified candidates must be currently enrolled in the Doctor of Jurisprudence Program or a Masters of Law (LL.M.) Program at an accredited law school located within the United States of America.  Each scholarship will include a waiver of the enrollment fee and travel expenses to the 2015 Fundamentals of Municipal Law Seminar.  Click here for more details and the application.  Completed applications are due no later than March 6, 2015.  If you have any specific questions about this scholarship, please contact Linda Wymanat (202) 503-3300.

The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section Presents: 


Competition rules. Contest opens September 15, 2014. The Fashion Law
Writing Competition is open to students in good standing in an ABA-approved
law school during the Fall 2014 through Spring 2015 terms. Essays must discuss
a legal issue in the Fashion Industry. For example, without limitation, intellectual
property, technology, communication, contracts, employment law and
international trade issues are included in this description, provided such legal
issues relate to or affect the fashion industry. The essay must be the unique
creation of the student and may not contain the work of classmates or editors.
Students may submit papers previously created for law school academic credit,
journals, or other publications. EASL reserves the non-exclusive right to publish
the best essay(s) on the EASL website, in its newsletter and/or any other related
publications. Essays must be no less than 15 pages and no more than 30 pages,
including citations and standard law school submission fonts and font sizes.
Submissions must be in PDF format, and include proper citation in accordance
with the Harvard Bluebook.

Submission Guidelines. Entries must be received no later than March 23, 2015.
Students shall submit all entries via e-mail to Brittany Rawlings, Esq. The PDF
must not have the student’s name or any identifying information included within it.
Students must pick a four digit number as their identifier and place it in the top
left corner of the header so that its visible on all pages of the submission. Under
their four-digit identifier, student must also identify the name of their law school.
The PDF should be named with the title of the article and include the four digit
identifier. The body of the e-mail must include the student’s name, student’s selfchosen
four-digit identifier, graduation year and school.
Judging. Entries will be blind judged by a judging panel of Florida law professors
and fashion attorneys. Selection of a winner will be based upon the originality of
the piece, the clarity of writing, strength of arguments, quality of research, and
compliance with Harvard Bluebook citations.

Prize. There will be at most one grand prize winning essay. The author of the
grand prize winning entry will be recognized by EASL and have its work
published on the EASL website and/or in newsletters, and may receive other
prizes TBA.

For questions, please call: Brittany Rawlings, Esq. at 239-293-4391
For writing submissions only:

Friday, December 19, 2014

The 2015 Tannenwald Writing Competition

Sponsored by the Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel.

Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to all full- or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate.  Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable at

Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers.

Deadline for submitting papers:  9:00 p.m. EDT, July 1, 2015.
Mail papers to: Tannenwald Foundation, 700 Sixth Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001-3980, Attn:  Sandie Kiedrowski.
For more information contact: Nancy Abramowitz at 202.274.4164 (

Competition Rules 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ohio Food, Agriculture & Environmental Law Webinar Series

Hosted by Ohio State University Extension’s Agricultural & Resource Law Program 

Join us for informative discussions featuring national and state legal experts addressing important legal issues for Ohio’s agricultural community.

Friday, December 12, 1—2 pm EST
Big Data, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and AgricultureLegal Issues
John Dillard, Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC, Washington, DC

Friday, January 9, 1—2 pm EST
The 2014 Farm BillGuiding a Client through the New Law
Bill Bridgforth, Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson & Raley LLP, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Thursday, February 12, 1—2 pm EST
Managing Pollutant Discharge Risk on Farms
Chris Walker and Jack Van Kley, Van Kley & Walker LLP, Dayton/Columbus, Ohio Tom Menke, Menke Consulting LLC, Greenville, Ohio
Thursday, March 12, 1—2 p.m. EST
Introduction to Food LawWhat You Need to Know to Buila Food Law Practice
Jason Foscolo, Foscolo & Handel PLLC, Sag Harbor, New York

Friday, April 10, 1—2 p.m. EST
Nursing Home Costs & MedicaidThe One- Two Punch to the Family Farm
Craig Vandervoort, Sitterly & Vandervoort Ltd, Lancaster, Ohio

Thursday, May 14, 1—2 p.m. EST
Rights and Remedies for Protecting Your Water Supply in Ohio

Joe Reidy, Frost Brown Todd LLC, Columbus, Ohio Peggy Kirk Hall, The Ohio State University

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition

The Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition is an annual writing competition sponsored by the Michigan State Journal of Business and Securities Law.
The Competition is named in honor of Elliot A. Spoon, dean of the Career Services office, our faculty advisor, a law school professor, and long-time advocate of The Michigan State Journal of Business and Security Law.
The Competition is designed to encourage business law scholarship by upper-level law students nationwide. The winner will receive an honorarium contingent on receipt of a signed publication contract for inclusion within our annual spring issue.
Submission Procedure:
If you are a law student at an ABA accredited law school, then submit:
(1) An electronic copy of your article, either as a pdf or as a Word document;
(2) A brief abstract of your article; and
(3) Your curriculum vitae (CV) with complete contact information.
Deadline: February 20, 2015
Submissions must be emailed to

Prize: $500 and publication in the Journal of Business & Securities Law.

More info can be found at:

All inquiries should be directed to Ashley Byers:
Michigan State University College of Law
209C Law College Building
East Lansing, MI 48824