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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.
2015 Legal Writing Contest
Topic: Submissions relating to defense counsel.
Award: First prize $2,000 and plaque, second prize $1,000 and plaque, third prize $500 and plaque, and honorable mention a plaque. Prize-winning articles and honorable mentions will be considered for publication in the Defense Counsel Journal, the IADC's quarterly academic publication that reaches a broad legal audience from around the world.
Deadline: May 15, 2015
Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution Writing Competition
Topic: Submissions must bear some relationship to the upcoming Missouri Law School symposium entitled “Policing, Protesting, and Perceptions: A Critical Examination of the Events in Ferguson.”
Award: The writing competition features a $700 prize for the competition winner, a $100 prize for the second place winner and an honorable mention for the third place winner. Prizes are sponsored by the University of Missouri Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative and private funding through the Missouri Law Foundation.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Central time, on February 13, 2015
Employee Benefit Law
Eleventh Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize
Topic: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.
Award: ACEBC Award $1,500, Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award $1,500
Deadline: June 2, 2015
Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition
Topic: Analysis of cutting-edge constitutional environmental law topics.
Award: The winning student submission receives the Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Prize, $2000 and an offer of publication in ELI's flagship publication, the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR).
Deadline: April 6, 2015
Federal & State Law
2015 Tannenwald Writing Competition
Topic: Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic.
Award: Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers.
Deadline: July 1, 2015 by 9 pm EDT.
The 2015 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest
Topic: This year's contest hypothetical involves liability issues arising from the breach of a law firm's computer network and the subsequent leaking of a client's confidential information.
Award: Cash award of $5,000. All expense paid trip to the Spring 2015 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, DC, April 8-10, 2015.
Deadline: February 20, 2015 by 11:59 pm CST