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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  

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, 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.


Jacqueline A. Seaberg
Office of Public Affairs
(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

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

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:
Please direct all questions to

Friday, February 19, 2016

DRI Announces 2016 Law Student Diversity Scholarship

DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program, open to rising (2016–17) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, LGBT and Multi-Racial students. All rising second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other rising second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), law school or law student members of AAJ, or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships.

To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant’s law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle.  See the last page of the
 application for the DRI Diversity Statement.
Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:
  • Demonstrated academic excellence 
  • Service to the profession 
  • Service to the community
  • Service to the cause of diversity 
Applications and all other requested materials must be received by March 30, 2016. Click here to access the 2016 Law Student Diversity Scholarship.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships are available to law student members of our Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters and are awarded based upon demonstrated commitment to ALDF’s mission, “to advance the interests and protect the lives of animals through the legal system.” Applicants should be committed to the advancement of animal law through active involvement with their SALDF chapter while in law school and anticipated participation in the field after graduation.
A secondary goal of the scholarship is to ensure the recipient’s chapter will remain active and maintain engaged leadership. Therefore, scholarship recipients are encouraged to act as a SALDF advisor to their chapter for up to two years after graduation; this mentorship will help ensure continuity of the chapter and contribute to its ongoing vitality.
Scholarships are for one year only. However, students are eligible to apply for continued funding. Scholarships are not available to students graduating this semester, but 3Ls in a 4-year program are welcome to apply. Scholarship amounts are: $5,000 each for three first place recipients, and $1,000 each to the second place recipients. (Note: the number of second place recipients is indeterminate and may vary from year to year.)

Federal Claims Association 
2015-2016 Law Student Writing Competition

The United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association announces that its
annual Law Student Writing Competition for the 2015-2016 academic year is underway.
The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is a non-profit, voluntary bar association
made up of nationwide members who practice law in the areas that lie within the
specialized jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The goal of this
competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics that lie within the
jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The winning entry in the
competition will receive a $3,500 cash prize and an opportunity to be published via the
Association’s website.
The United States Court of Federal Claims was created pursuant to Article I of the
United States Constitution in October 1982, by the Federal Courts Improvement Act.
The court is authorized to hear primarily money claims founded upon the Constitution,
federal statutes, executive regulations, or contracts with the United States.
The cases before the court are diverse and involve a variety of statutes. They
include claims arising from tax refunds, government contracts, Fifth Amendment takings
(which can implicate environmental and natural resource issues), Federal procurement
“bid-protests,” Federal civilian and military pay matters, intellectual property disputes,
Native American tribal rights, and the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation program.
Entries to the contest may address any topic that lies within the procedure,
substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The
rules of the contest are posted on the Association’s website at:
Entry deadline is July 15, 2016.