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1825 W. Rocket Dr., Ste. 2000
Mailing Address:
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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.

Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition
Topic: Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law with a significant constitutional, “federalism,” or other cross-cutting component. (Sample topics included in the linked document.)
Award: The author of the article deemed best by a panel of judges will receive $2000 cash, publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.
Deadline: 11:59 pm ET on Monday, April 9, 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.

ILSA 2017 Student Deak Award
Normination article: Students, professors, practitioners or other persons in the legal community may nominate students for the Deak Award. A student may even nominate his own article.
Deadline: March 1, 2018.

International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition
Topic: Any topic related to international law and refugees, stateless persons, internally-displaced persons (IDPs), and forced migrants
Award: The winner will receive a $100 cash award, as well as free admission to the ASIL Annual Meeting where the award will be formally presented, to be held in Washington, 4-7 April 2018, from IRLIG; the opportunity to have the paper considered for publication in the International Journal of Refugee Law; and a complimentary one-year student membership provided by ASIL.
Deadline: February 28, 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: July 1, 2018.


Last Updated: 2/12/18