(a) the best book
(b) the best publishable article, book chapter, or substantial book review
(c) the best student note or comment
on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law.
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.
Entries must have been written or published between November 15, 2013, and December 1, 2014. The deadline for submission is 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 Unpublished entries should be typed, double spaced, and in law review format.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 and other service providers, and representatives of consumer protection and advocacy organizations.
Entries must be submitted in electronic format and should be sent to:
L. Jean Noonan, Esquire, ACCFSL Writing Competition Chair Hudson Cook, LLP 1020 19th St., NW, 7th Floor Washington, DC 20036 firstname.lastname@example.org
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2015 Contest Question
There is a growing consensus that the U.S. Health care system is frequently characterized by the excessive and unnecessary provision of medical services. One of the impediments to rationalizing medical practice to reduce tests, procedures, and treatments that are not clinically indicated and appropriate for particular patients is the perception by practicing health care professionals that the prevalent and often overused tests, procedures, and treatments are compelled by the current American legal system, and that health care professionals’ efforts to reduce the current waste and inefficiency will result in their expanded exposure to malpractice litigation and liability. Discuss the ways in which the medical and legal professions may work together collaboratively to address the problem of excessive, unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient provision of medical services in the U.S.
Applicant and Paper Criteria
- All authors must be enrolled, at the time of paper submission, in an accredited law school or medical school (M.D. or D.O.) or participating in an accredited medical residency program in the United States.
- No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered; however, papers written for course credit are allowed as long as they have not been published. An applicant may submit a paper for publication consideration after the winner of this writing competition has been announced.
- Each submitted paper must be the original work of a single author.
- The length of the paper must be between 1,200 and 5,000 words. The word count applies to the total paper, including title page, body, footnotes, figures, and tables (if any).
- No abstract is required.
- All references should be in the form of footnotes, using either Blue Book or APA style.
- All papers are to be submitted in Word document format, using 12 point Times New Roman font for all text, including footnotes. The body of papers must be double-spaced and footnotes should be single-spaced. All text must have one inch margins. All pages must be numbered.
- The first page must be the cover page, which must include: the author’s name, full contact information, and school or residency program, as well as the final word count obtained from Word and a disclosure of any conflict of interest affecting the author concerning the subject matter of the paper.
- At the top of the first page of text, only the title of the paper should appear.
- If the author wishes to acknowledge an individual or institution, this may be done only on the cover page.
- All papers will be judged by a committee of national experts on medical-legal collaboration, appointed by the Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, in a blinded review process. The decision of the judges is final.
- Prizes will not be awarded if the competition judges determine that no entry in a particular year meets the appropriate standards.
- Papers will be judged according to the following criteria:
- Responsiveness to the competition question
- Originality and thoughtfulness
- Quality of analysis
- Quality of writing
Deadline and Submission
- All papers must be submitted in the proper format by midnight (EST) on January 2, 2015.
- Papers must be submitted electronically to email@example.com.
- Direct questions to:
Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition, Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, 1115 W. Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300
- Winners will be announced on or before April 1, 2015.
To win, your article not only has to be logically rigorous and substantive, it also needs to be engaging, entertaining, and eye-catching. Ideally, lay people should be able to understand and enjoy the article, while lawyers should find it useful and insightful.
Eligibility and Topic
J.D. Students – Any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses
- Specific case references are required, and the article must contain specific examples
- Must be an unpublished, original submission. The Expert Institute reserves the right to publish in print and digital all or part of the essay or abstract at its discretion
- Citations should be inline – no footnotes or endnotes. Links to electronic sources are encouraged
- 1,500 – 2,500 words, written in a blog post format
Submission must include
- Full name of author (First, Middle, and Last)
- Contact information for author, including e-mail address and phone number
- Author photo (recommended) in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format with a maximum file size of 1 MB. Image size
- must be at least 150 x 200 pixels.
- School name and mailing address.
- A .doc or .docx file of your article
- A valid .edu email
The Expert Institute editorial staff, as well as a panel of practicing trial lawyers will judge the contest. Factors that will be considered during judgment include:
- Clarity, style, and poise of writing
- Originality of topic
- Thoroughness of research and quality of analysis
- Comprehensibility by lay and professional audiences
This Year’s Topic:
”WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPROVE THE LEGAL SYSTEM?”
- You must describe, in at least 1000 words, the innovative and highly impactful way in which you could aid in re-engineering the way the legal system operates and/or making it more accessible to the public.
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
- You must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
- You must currently attend an accredited United States law school, or be enrolling in an accredited United States law school for the 2014-2015 school year.
- Should you win, you must allow us to publish your name and essay in all media formats.
- You must indicate your agreement to the terms and conditions by signing the Consent and Release attached to the application.
Entries will be accepted beginning at 12:00 am EST on July 1st, 2014 until 11:59 pm EST on October 5th, 2014. The Contest winner will be officially announced on November 28th, 2014 and will be notified by e-mail, telephone, or by regular U. S. postal mail, within approximately three (3) business days of the selection. If a potential winner cannot be contacted after reasonable effort within two (2) days after the first attempt to contact him/her, this will result in forfeiture of the prize and an alternate entrant will be selected in his/her place at random from among all eligible entries received during the registration time frame. Potential winners must comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements listed.
The University of Richmond Journal of Law and Technology is pleased to announce the 2014 biennial Student Law and Technology Writing Competition. This writing competition allows current students from ABA-accredited law schools to compete for cash prizes as well as the opportunity to have their work published in the University of Richmond’s Journal of Law and Technology.
The Student Law and Technology Writing Competition includes three separate awards offered to law students who have submitted exemplary papers. The first place article will receive $1,500 and the second place article will receive $700. In addition, one law student from The University of Richmond School of Law will receive the Rick Klau Prize of $300.
In order for an article to be properly considered, it must be submitted according to the guidelines provided below.
- Papers must be written independently
- Only students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school’s J.D. program as of January 1, 2015 may participate.
- The topic of the paper MUST deal with a topic at the intersection of both law and technology.
- Papers that have been submitted to or published by a student publication are not acceptable for submission to the contest.
- Papers submitted must not exceed 30 pages in length and should be formatted as follows: using size 12 Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and 1-inch margins on all sides. Submissions may not be in .pdf format.
- Citations for the paper must be in compliance with the rules set out in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 19th ed.
- An entry form must be included with each submission, a copy of the entry form is available on the Journal’s website at http://law.richmond.edu/jolt.
All entries for the 2014 Student Law and Technology Writing Competition must be submitted via e-mail by Friday, October 3, 2014 at midnight EST. The e-mail submissions must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include “Student Law and Technology Writing Competition” in the subject line. Please direct all questions to the same e-mail address.
The submission may address any aspect of Securities law; Securities arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code. The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.
The competition is open to all students who attend a law school in the United States. Full-time students who are not law students but who write law-related papers as part of a course at an American law school are also eligible. Employees of PIABA (except for students working less than 20 hours per week) are not eligible to enter the competition.
The author must have performed all the key tasks of researching, writing, and revising the paper for himself or herself, but may have received a reasonable amount of advice from academicians or practitioners. Except for any discussions or other activities that occur as part of course activities approved by the student’s professor, the author must avoid collaboration with other students. If the paper is written as an assignment in a legal writing class and if the student was assigned to produce the paper along with a partner, the student may submit the paper but must identify the portions for which the student was the sole author. Only those parts of the paper will be evaluated. Under no other circumstances may any of the written product be produced by another.
Criteria and Judging
All entries will be judged anonymously by the PIABA Competition Judges, who will select the winning submission(s). The PIABA Executive Director will notify the award winner(s). The Judges reserve the right not to award any prizes if it is determined that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year.
Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: quality of research and authority provided; accuracy and clarity of the analysis; compliance with legal writing standards and technical quality of writing, including organization, grammar, syntax, and form.
Submit entries electronically to email@example.com with the subject heading, “2014 Writing Competition”. Entries must be received via e-mail no later than 5 pm CDT September 19, 2014 and shall include the required entry form. http://piabafoundation.org/beckley-writing-competition-submission-form The contestant’s name and other identifying markings such as school name are not to be on any copy of the submitted entry. The PIABA Executive Director will assign a random number to each entry and will record this number on all copies of each submission. Neither the contestant’s identity nor his or her academic institution will be known to any PIABA Competition Judge. Each entrant may submit only one entry.
September 19, 2014.
The first place winner is invited to accept the James E. Beckley Writing Competition in-person (expenses paid by the PIABA Investors Foundation) during the President’s Dinner at the PIABA Annual Meeting on October 24, 2014. 2nd – 3rd places, and Honorable Mention(s) are announced at that time as well.