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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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Epstein Becker Green
17th Annual Health Law Writing Competition

Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce its 17th Annual Health Law Writing Competition. The competition is designed to encourage the preparation of scholarly papers on current topics of interest relating to health law. Cash prizes will be awarded as follows for the three best papers:
  • First Place: $4,000
  • Second Place: $2,000
  • Third Place: $500
Entrants should take advantage of the fact that health law is a very broad and diverse field, encompassing aspects of almost every area of law. Papers may address any traditional area of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials). Entries in the top 20 percent will be considered for publication in the Annals of Health Law, which is published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
The submission period for the 17th Annual Health Law Writing Competition will open in December 2014. Papers will be due in January 2015.
More information can be found at
If you have questions about the competition, please contact Serra Schlanger in Epstein Becker Green's Washington, DC, office at (202) 861-0900 or by e-mail at

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Law Student Writing Competition

The ABA Forum on Construction Law

The deadline for the writing submission is January 15, 2015.

The ABA Forum on Construction Law is accepting articles for its Law Student Writing Competition. 
This competition is open to all law students in good standing and attending an ABA-accredited law school during 2014. Students may submit articles on a wide array of topics related to construction law. Articles should reflect the style of articles published in either the forum’s The Construction Lawyer magazine or the Under Construction newsletter.

The forum has presented these awards annually since 2010. Senior ABA Forum on Construction Law members will judge the submissions, which will be selected based on creativity, clarity and precision of writing, strength of argument, novelty and timeliness of subject, and quality of research. Winners will receive $2,000, travel expenses and registration for the forum’s 2015 Annual Meeting, plaque, a one-year membership in the forum and recognition in the forum’s newsletter, Under Construction and on the website; in addition to the opportunity to be published in one of the forum’s two publications, Under Construction or The Construction Lawyer. Other finalists will be recognized with a plaque and in forum publications. Winners will be announced and notified in March.  Forum Chair Steven Lesser will present the awards at its 2015 Annual Meeting, April 16-18 in Boca Raton, Fla. 

To learn more about the Law Student Writing Competition, click here.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ohio Environmental Law Award:

Call for Papers

The Ohio State Bar Association Environmental Law Committee is seeking papers that advance the application and practice of environmental, energy or resources law in the State of Ohio. The winner of this contest will receive the "OSBA Environmental Law Award" and a prize of $1,000, donated by McMahon DeGulis LLP.

Winners will be announced at the Annual OSBA Environment, Energy and Resources Law Seminar in April 2014 and will be published in the seminar materials.

The submission deadline is Jan. 30, 2015 at 5 p.m. EST.

2015 Submission Guidelines 

Topic:Any topic that advances the application and practice of environmental, energy or resources law in the State of Ohio. 

Eligibility:You are eligible to enter the OSBA Environmental Law Call for Papers if you are currently enrolled in law school. The submission must be the student's original, unpublished and uncopyrighted work. The paper may be prepared to satisfy a course requirement or for other academic credit. However, the paper must be the work of the submitting student without substantial editorial input from others. Only one paper may be submitted per entrant.

Prize:The winner of this contest will receive a prize of $1000. The OSBA Environmental Law Call for Papers requires that there be only one winner. Joint submissions are not permitted. 

Submissions:Submissions may be of any length up to a maximum of 50 pages, in a double-spaced, 8.5 x 11-inch page format with 12-point font (10-point for footnotes). All entries must be submitted electronically to You will receive a confirmation by e-mail. The subject line should be "Response to Call for Papers" and the paper and cover page should be separate attachments. 

Each submission should include a SEPARATE COVER PAGE with the entrant's name, law school, year of study, mailing and email address, and phone number. The contestant's name and other identifying markings, such as school name, may not appear on any copy of the submitted essay. The cover page should also include an abstract of not more than 250 words and certification that the article has not been published or is not slated to be published elsewhere. This certification grants McMahon DeGulis LLP and the OSBA the non-exclusive license to publication.

Selection:Submitted articles will be judged on the following criteria: relevance to the practice of law in Ohio, timeliness and importance of selected topic; organization; quality of legal analysis; quality of legal research; and quality of the overall writing. In the event of a tie, the first tiebreaker will be the score for relevance to the practice of law in Ohio. The winning paper is expected to be of law review quality or better.

For additional information, please contact Louis L. McMahon, Esq. of McMahon DeGulis LLP at (216) 367-1407 or

Friday, October 17, 2014


The Canadian American Bar Association is proud to announce its annual student essay competition for 2014. The competition is open to all students currently enrolled in law school in the United States or Canada. You can find the complete guidelines and details for the competition by clicking here: 2014 CABA Essay Competition

Essay Topic
A comparative analysis of U.S. and Canadian law in an area of law of your choice.
Prizes and Publication
1st place: $500. 2nd place: $100. The two winning articles will be published on the Canadian American Bar Association website.
Format & Deadline
The essay must not exceed 2000 words (including endnotes, no footnotes). E-mail your entry to by November 21, 2014.