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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. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014


Scholarship Program For Promising Entertainment Law Students Awards Cash Scholarships;
Winning Papers To Be Presented At Annual ELI Luncheon on Feb. 6, 2015, During GRAMMY® Week
WHAT: The GRAMMY Foundation® has launched its 17th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative®

Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association. The ELI Writing Competition invites law students to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. To encourage applications, the GRAMMY Foundation hosts ELI Writing Competition workshops at prominent law schools around the country with the goal of helping students with their essays. A cash scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to the author of the winning paper and $1,500 will be awarded to each of four runners-up. Additionally, each winner will receive airfare, hotel accommodations and a ticket to the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, which will be held at STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT. In addition, the winners receive invitations to other GRAMMY® Week activities, including the prestigious annual ELI Luncheon on Feb. 6. The winning students will present their essays at the luncheon. Past luncheon keynote speakers include Tom Brokaw, Edgar Bronfman Jr., Ron Conway, Clive Davis, Daniel Ek, Timothy J. Leiweke, and GRAMMY Foundation Board member, among others.

RULES: • Contest is open to law students
• Write a 3,000-word essay on a compelling legal issue facing the music industry
• For complete contest rules, visit; for further questions, send an email to

DEADLINES: • Submissions must be received by Jan. 6, 2015 (1 p.m. ET /10 a.m. PT)
• Winners will be announced on Jan. 27, 2015
The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1988 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy®, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students' musical experiences, The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation partnered to present the first Music Educator Award in 2014. Open to current U.S. music teachers in kindergarten through college, the Music Educator Award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception during GRAMMY Week 2015. For more information about the Music Educator Award, please visit For more information about the Foundation, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "GRAMMY in the Schools" on Facebook, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter (@GRAMMYFdn) and join us on Instagram (@GRAMMYFdn).

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The 2015 Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition

ACS's National Student Writing Competition bears Constance Baker Motley's name in honor of her legacy as a civil rights leader, elected official, and the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench. Papers will be judged on their effective use, analysis and/or expansion of legal scholarship. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics.

The student authors of the top three papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention in the summer of 2015 and a cash prize for their work. The winner will be awarded $3,000 and each of the two runners-up will receive $1,000. The top paper will also receive an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. 

Examples of topics include but are not limited to: Civil legal aid, civil liberties, education, freedom of speech, LGBT rights, human rights, immigration, labor law, money in politics, privacy, racial equality, religion, the second amendment and voting.

The deadline to apply is February 13, 2015. 

Click here for more details about the 2015 competition. 

The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law is open to a wide array of participants. Practicing lawyers, policymakers, academics, and law students all are encouraged to take part. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. A winner will be selected in both the lawyer and student categories. The author of the winning paper in each category will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The winning papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention, on the ACS website, and potentially through other means agreed upon by the authors and ACS.

We encourage participants to view this topic broadly and welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas.

Submissions must be emailed by Friday, February 6, 2015, 11:59pm EST. Papers emailed after this date will not be considered. Papers must be emailed to in Word format

Click here for more details about the 2015 competition.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Thomas Jefferson School Of Law Announces 

The First Annual Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition

Thomas Jefferson School of Law announces the First Annual Jameson Crane Ill Disability and the law Writing Competition. The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promotes an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections,and improves the lives of those with disabilities.
The Crane Writing Competition is open to currently enrolled law students (J.D., Ll.M., and
J.S.D.), medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States.

Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment,government services and programs, public accommodations, education,higher education, housing, and health care.

The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize. Two second place winners will each receive a  $1,000 cash  prize. Submissions will be considered for publication in the Thomas Jefferson Law Review.

For more information , please visit:

All submissions must be submitted electronically to All entries must be received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, January, 15, 2015. Winning submissions will be announced by April 15, 2015. Questions should be directed to Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp at

Additional Information below:

Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni
Securities Law Writing Competition -- 2014

1st Place $5,000
2°d Place $3,000
3rd Place $2,000

TOPIC: Any subject in the field of securities law

ELIGIBILITY: Students enrolled at any accredited law school in the United States for the fall semester of 2014. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2014, and papers scheduled for publication in 2014 or 2015 are eligible for submission. Co-authored papers are not eligible.

DEADLINE:  November 15, 2014

P. 0. Box 5767
Washington, DC 20016

All submissions must include author's name and contact information,  including  e-mail, postal address, telephone number, law school, and year of anticipated graduation. For submissions which have been published or are scheduled to be published, the name and date of publication should be included. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by e­ mail.

Submissions must be received by November 15, 2014. E-mail submissions will not be accepted. See ASECA website ( for additional information. Questions may be directed to Mitzi Moore, ASECA Executive Director, at info@secalumni. org or 202-462-1211.

Award winners will be invited to attend SECA's annual dinner in Washington, DC on February 20, 2015. Travel and lodging expenses for the  first place award winner will be reimbursed by ASECA up to $1,000 in actual expenses.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

2015 Consumer Financial Services Writing Competition

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

  1. The best book
  2. The best publishable article, book chapter, or substantial book review
  3. The best student note or comment on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law
The awards include cash payments of $2,500, $2,000 and 1,000, respectively, a Certificate of Recognition from the College, and travel expenses to attend the Spring 2015 meeting of the College. In any given year, depending on submissions, all three awards, or fewer, maybe made.    
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 with these (or other) areas, however, will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.  

Entries much have been written or published between November 15, 2013 and 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 an other service providers and representatives of consumer protection and advocacy orgnaizations.
Entries must be submitted in electronic format and should be sent to:  

L. Jean Noonan, EsquireWriting Competition ChairHudson Cook, LLP1020 19th St., NW7th FloorWashington, DC 20036Tel (202) 327-9700Fax (202)  

More information can be found at: