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Law Academic Affairs Office

Office Address:

Law Center
1825 W. Rocket Dr., Ste. 2000
Mailing Address:
2801 W. Bancroft, MS 507
Toledo, OH 43606


Writing Competitions

A list of current writing competitions is below.

ACEBC 14th Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize
Topic: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.
Award: Alvin D. Lurie Memorial Award: $1,500; Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award: $1,500. Winners will be guests of the College during its annual black tie dinner to be held on September 15, 2018 in Nashville, TN. The College covers the travel and lodging expenses for the prize recipients.
Deadline: Midnight EST on June 1, 2018.

Annual Law Student Writing Competition by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law
Topic: Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar.
Award: First Place: $3000; Second Place: $1000, and Third Place: $500. The first-place winning article may be selected for publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author of the first-place paper will be a guest at the annual Continuing Legal Education program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
Deadline: Midnight EDT on June 15, 2018.

2nd Annual NYSBA/ACCTM National Championship ADR Law Student Writing Competition 2018
Topic: Subject matter focus for entries can be on any aspect within the full range of alternative dispute resolution – reconciliation systems (e.g., negotiation, mediation), consensus based adjudicative processes (e.g., early neutral evaluation, arbitration and private judging), or mixed processes (e.g., arb-med, med-arb, high low arbitration, baseball arbitration etc.). Papers can also focus on ADR process design, practice techniques, specific case studies, related legislation, and ethical dilemmas and standards for dispute resolution professionals.
Award: $10,000 Cash Prize.
Deadline: 5:00 pm EST on June 1, 2018.

2018 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize
Topic: The tension between civil liberties and national security
Award: $10,000.
Deadline: Sunday, July 1, 2018.

The 2018 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition
Topic: Non-disclosure provisions in Settlement Agreements: Should courts enforce public policy disfavoring them?
Award: $5,000.
Deadline: 11:59 pm ET on Saturday, April 30, 2018.

2018 James Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition
Topic: Dispute resolution
Award: $1,000. In addition, the winning essay will be considered for possible publication in Dispute Resolution Magazine.
Deadline: Friday, June 15, 2018.

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition by Notre Dame Law School
Topic: Legal ethics.
Award: $2,500.
Deadline: 5 pm on Friday, April 27, 2018.

The Warren E. Burger Prize
Topic: Issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.
Award: $5,000 and the winning essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review.
Deadline: Sunday, July 1, 2018.


Last Updated: 4/23/18