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1825 W. Rocket Dr., Ste. 2000
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2801 W. Bancroft, MS 507
Toledo, OH 43606


Writing Competitions

A list of current writing competitions is below.

Topics of past competitions are available here. Because the list of past writing competitions includes many annual competitions, the list is a helpful reference for types of competitions that may occur in the future.


Disability Law

Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
Topic: 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.
Award: The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards. Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.
Deadline: January 15, 2016 by midnight Pacific Standard Time


Employment & Labor LAW

2015-2016 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition
Topic: Any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.
Award: One top honors award of $3,000 and two $1,000 awards will be presented to the top three entries. In addition to the cash awards, the top three entries will be punished on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website. (Electronic versions of winning papers will be required.)
Deadline: January 19, 2016

College of Labor & Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition 2015-2016
Topic: Any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.
Award: First Place: $3,000, Second Place: $1,000, Third Place: $500.
Deadline: June 15, 2016 by Midnight EDT


Entertainment Law

18th Annual GRAMMY Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
Topic: The writing contest challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. 
Award: All winners receive: one GRAMMY Awards Show Ticket, round-trip airfare to the GRAMMY awards, hotel accommodations, one MusiCares Person of the Year Ticket. First-place winner receives $5,000. Four second-place winners receiver $1,500. 
Deadline: January 6, 2016 by 10 am PST (1 pm EST)


Environmental LAW

OSBA 2016 Environmental Law Award
Topic: Any topic that advances the application and practice of environmental, energy or resources law in the State of Ohio.
Award: The winner of this contest will receive a prize of $1000 donated by McMahon DeGulis LLP. The second place winner will receive a prize of $250.
Deadline: January 29, 2016, by 5 p.m. (EST)

White River Environmental Law Writing Competition
Topic: Applicants are invited to submit original essays addressing any relevant topic in the fields of environmental law, natural resource law, energy law, environmental justice, land use law, animal law, and agricultural law.
Award: The winning essay will receive a $1000 cash prize and an offer of publication with the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. At the discretion of the reviewing editors, additional submissions may also receive offers of publication. The winner of the competition will be announced in early 2016.
Deadline: December 9, 2015, by 5 p.m. (EST)

ABA's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Writing Competition
Topic: Discussing any aspect of dispute resolution or dispute prevention practice, theory or research related to environmental, energy, or natural resource conflicts, including critiquing or analyzing the dispute resolution process used in a particular case. Submissions may advocate a position, educate the reader, or analyze one or more cases.
Award: First prize is $1,000, second prize is $750, and third prize is $500.  Winners’ essays will be publicized and published on our website and in our newsletter. 
Deadline: April 1, 2016



2016 Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Ethics and Professionalism Essay Competition
Topic: How should a new attorney respond if a supervisor instructs the new attorney to engage in non-criminal conduct that the new attorney believes would violate the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct?
Award: First prize is $1,000. Second prize is $500.
Deadline: February 12, 2016


Financial Law

ACCFSL 2016 Writing Competition
Topic: 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 within these (or other) areas, however, will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.
Award: Cash payments of $2500, $2000, and $1000, respectively, a Certificate of Recognition from the College, and travel expenses to attend the Spring 2016 meeting of the College.
Deadline: December 1, 2015


Medical Law

Mollie & Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
Topic: In recent years, Ebola and other infectious diseases, natural disasters, threatened acts of bioterrorism, the rise of obesity and obesity-related ailments, the recreational use of tobacco and drugs, and other actual or potential developments have threatened the health of the public in the United States and elsewhere. Successfully preparing for and effectively addressing these and other public health dangers will require use of an array of tools involving expertise and experience possessed and practiced by medical and legal professionals. Discuss some of the ways in which medical and other health care professionals can work innovatively and collaboratively with members of the legal profession in the next few years to jointly protect and promote public health in the U.S. and beyond in the face of actual and potential challenges, while also respectang lndlwdual and institutional personal and property rights.
Award: Outstanding Paper by a Law Student -- $250. Outstanding Paper by a Medical Student or Medical Resident -- $250
Deadline: January 4, 2016, by midnight (EST)



Last Updated: 11/23/15