Writing Competitions




$1,500 ACEBC Award, $1,500 Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award


​Eligibility/Topics. Except as provided in (6) below, applicants must be enrolled fulltime or part-time in law school between August 15, 2014 and August 15, 2015 and seeking a J.D. or a graduate law degree (e.g., L.L.M. or S.J.D.). Papers must deal with employee benefits topics. As an illustrative example, a paper might address legal issues involving health benefits, pensions, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, claims, appeals, current or former spouses’ or domestic partners’ benefits, collectively bargained benefits, benefits in bankruptcy, ERISA litigation, fiduciary obligations or the tax treatment of benefits/contributions.

  • a. Papers should not exceed 40 pages (double-spaced, in 12 point type, with an inch margin on each side), not including footnotes. Footnotes should be single-spaced endnotes starting on a separate page.
  • b. Papers must be submitted as email attachments to bdougherty@morganlewis.com and should be submitted as Word or pdf documents. No information identifying the author or law school should be included in the text, the footnotes, or the filename. That information, an address, a telephone number and enrollment status information should be provided in the email message.
  • c. Submissions may include papers prepared for class assignments, law journals or other purposes, as well as those written especially for the Prize.
  • d. Student papers submitted for publication in law reviews or other law school journals or periodicals but not yet published are eligible for the Prize, provided that (i) the version submitted for the Prize does not reflect any changes made to the paper after submission of the manuscript to any publication and (ii) the College receives any consents necessary to publish.

Selection of Winners
Winning papers will be selected by the Writing Prize Committee based on the factors they deem relevant. Among other facts, the Committee will consider: (i) depth and creativity of legal analysis; (ii) thoroughness of legal research; (iii) organization and writing style; (iv) difficulty of subject matter; and (v) consideration of employee benefits policy implications. The determination of the Committee is final. It is anticipated that winners will be notified by July 24, 2015, or shortly thereafter.

Publication of Winning Articles(s)
The College will use its best efforts to arrange for publication of the winning papers in the BNA Pension and Benefits Reporter, the BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal or other professional publications, subject to receiving any necessary consents from the author and any other journal. In addition, the winning papers will be distributed to the Fellows of the College.

Cash prizes will be awarded for up to two winning papers. The College may, in its discretion, decide to split prizes, to award additional prizes or to award fewer than two awards. Winners will be guests of the College during its annual black tie dinner to be held on September 19, 2015 in Chicago IL.

Papers must be submitted in the manner described in paragraph 1(b) above and must be received no later than Midnight, Eastern Time, on June 2, 2015.

The College disclaims responsibility for any failure to give due consideration to any submission due to any email or other electronic transmission, storage or archival errors, regardless of the cause. However, the Committee may waive the eligibility requirements applicable to any student whose submitted paper was not afforded due consideration on account of such an error in a prior year’s contest.

Questions concerning the Competition should be directed to Brian Dougherty, Chair of the ACEBC Writing Prize Committee at bdougherty@morganlewis.com.

First Prize: $2,000; Second Prize: $750; Third Prize: $500


We will accept submissions on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of law and technology, including but not limited to: intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment, entertainment and new media, information privacy/data protection, telecommunications, biotechnology, internet, and cybercrime.

Purpose of Contest

The purpose of the contest is to create greater interest in the field of family law among all law students, and particularly the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.


Submissions must be received by 5pm PST on March 9, 2015.

The competition is open to all J.D. candidates.

Each student may submit only one entry.
Submitted papers must be unpublished. Papers must be no more than 50 pages long, including footnotes. Do NOT use endnotes. Margins should be 1″, minimum. Body text must be double-spaced. Font must be Times New Roman or a similar serif font, and 12 point. Footnotes may be 10 pt and single-spaced but there should be a space between notes. Citations must conform to the 19th Ed. of The Bluebook. Submissions are judged anonymously, so the authors name should not appear anywhere on the paper.
To submit electronically, please send the completed cover sheet and a copy of your paper to btljwritingcompetition@gmail.com. Submissions MUST include a signed cover sheet that may be downloaded by clicking on “cover sheet” in the preceding sentence above.

Winners will be notified and final results will appear on the Journal’s website in late spring. Due to the large number of entries, the Journal cannot contact other entrants.
Submit an electronic copy of your (1) paper and (2) Cover Sheet to:

*To be eligible for publication, the winning article must meet the Journal’s publication standards.*



First Place: $1,500; Second Place: $1000 ; Third Place: $500



  1. Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine.
  2. The competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2014.
  3. Entries will be evaluated on topic selection, analysis, quality of research, grammar, spelling, usage and syntax, clarity, structure, and overall appearance.
  4. Articles must be submitted by midnight (EDST) on May 15, 2015, to swan@laborandemploymentcollege.org using the subject line “Writing Competition.” Submit the manuscript and a cover page as an e-mail attachment. The author’s name shall appear only on a cover page also including the author’s law school, graduation date, e-mail and street address, and telephone number. The cover page will be removed prior to the evaluation process.
  5. The attached manuscript and cover page may be either a Microsoft Word or PDF document using 12-point Times New Roman font. The text should be double-spaced and the footnotes single-spaced with double-spacing between footnotes on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper with one-inch margins on all sides. The manuscript, exclusive of the cover page, may not exceed twenty pages. Do not submit endnotes, a table of contents or table of cases.
  6. All citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th Edition).
  7. Manuscripts must be the original work of a single author, may not have been written for paid employment, and may not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.
  8. No person may submit more than one entry.
  9. The judges reserve the right not to award any prizes and to reject any or all submissions.




For the 2015 competition, submissions must address the following topic: Courts are increasingly expecting “transparency” and “cooperation” among counsel during the discovery phase in civil litigation although we still expect layers to be advocates who are bound by strict confidentiality parameters regarding the secrecy of client confidences and work product protected by privilege. Identify the issues that you see impacted by these competing policy interests and provide your analysis and suggestions on how lawyers should navigate the civil discovery process to address these concerns. The judges are looking for creativity and support for arguments as well as excellent writing and reasoning.




The Fashion Law Writing Competition is open to students in good standing in an ABA-approved law school during the Fall 2014 through Spring 2015 terms. Essays must discuss a legal issue in the Fashion Industry. For example, without limitation, intellectual property, technology, communication, contracts, employment law and international trade issues are included in this description, provided such legal issues relate to or affect the fashion industry. The essay must be the unique creation of the student and may not contain the work of classmates or editors. Students may submit papers previously created for law school academic credit, journals, or other publications. EASL reserves the non-exclusive right to publish the best essay(s) on the EASL website, in its newsletter and/or any other related publications. Essays must be no less than 15 pages and no more than 30 pages, including citations and standard law school submission fonts and font sizes. Submissions must be in PDF format, and include proper citation in accordance with the Harvard Bluebook.

Submission Guidelines

Entries must be received no later than March 23, 2015. Students shall submit all entries via e-mail to Brittany Rawlings, Esq. The PDF must not have the student’s name or any identifying information included within it. Students must pick a four digit number as their identifier and place it in the top left corner of the header so that its visible on all pages of the submission. Under their four-digit identifier, student must also identify the name of their law school. The PDF should be named with the title of the article and include the four digit identifier. The body of the e-mail must include the student’s name, student’s self chosen four-digit identifier, graduation year and school.


Entries will be blind judged by a judging panel of Florida law professors
and fashion attorneys. Selection of a winner will be based upon the originality of the piece, the clarity of writing, strength of arguments, quality of research, and compliance with Harvard Bluebook citations.


There will be at most one grand prize winning essay. The author of the grand prize winning entry will be recognized by EASL and have its work published on the EASL website and/or in newsletters, and may receive other prizes TBA.

For questions, please call: Brittany Rawlings, Esq. at 239-293-4391
For writing submissions only: brittany@fashionboss.com




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  • $1,000 awarded to the winner and complimentary registration to the 9th Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference and hotel accommodations
  • $500 honorable mention

This contest is open to all Florida law students. For more information about contest rules and guidelines, speak with your school’s young Lawyers Division Law Student Division representative or visit a sponsor’s website.

First Place: $1,500; Second Place: $750; Third Place: $450


This annual contest, conducted by the ABA Section of Family Law, was established by the Toledo Bar Association and the Ohio Bar Foundation as a memorial to Howard C. Schwab, a Past President of the Toledo Bar Association and Past Chairman of the Family Law Committee of the Ohio Bar Association. He was Chairman-Elect of the Section of Family Law at the time of his death on February 24, 1969. In 1985, the Section of Family Law assumed full responsibility for sponsoring this contest.

Purpose of Contest

The purpose of the contest is to create greater interest in the field of family law among all law students, and particularly the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.

Entry Procedure

Law students interested in entering the contest must download the Schwab Entry Form linked below and fill it out by April 17, 2015. Once the form has been filled out, contestant must return it (details below) to be assigned an entry number. The assigned entry number must then be placed in the upper right-hand corner on each page of the essay. Contestant’s name must not be on any copy of the submitted essay. Judges will not know contestants’ identities.
A total of seven (7) copies of the essay and two (2) entry forms (with assigned number) should be submitted. (Details below)

  1. Download the Schwab Entry Form and fill it out.
  2. Return the completed entry form by e-mail to familylaw@americanbar.org with Schwab Entry as the subject. Your completed entry form must be received by Friday, April 17, 2015, so we may assign you a number.
  3. The ABA will then e-mail you an electronic copy of the entry form with an assigned number.
  4. Place the assigned number in the upper right-hand corner of each page of the essay. (Contestant’s name must not appear anywhere on the essays.)
  5. Send six (6) hard copies and the completed entry form (with assigned number and signature) to: Schwab Essay Contest
    ABA Section of Family Law
    321 N. Clark St.
    Chicago, IL 60654

  6. Send one (1) electronic copy of the essay and the completed entry form (with assigned number) to familylaw@americanbar.org, Subject: Schwab Essay Submission

Please Note: We will only accept one (1) entry per author; we do not accept multiple submissions.
DEADLINE: All entries must be e-mailed and postmarked on or before May 1, 2015. Remember, in order to be assigned a number, you must send us your entry form by April 17, 2015. Tgese dates must be strtictly adhered to.
The ABA will confirm receipt of entries via e-mail.
Questions regarding the contest should be directed to the ABA Section of Family Law at 312-988-5145.



€4,000 and an invitation to attend part of the Interleges Annual General Meeting 2015 to receive the award in New York on May 14-17, 2015.


Transnational Adjudication of human rights violations: National Tribunals a an Alternative to International Courts
The essay should address one of the following issues:

    1. Can and do national courts provide different or increased remedies to victims of human rights violations as compared to international courts? Are national courts available to enforce the decisions of international courts and how effective are such efforts? Include an evaluation of the reported effectiveness of national courts in providing remedies for such victims, and suggest improvements.
    2. Compare the recent trends in courts of such countries as the United States to reduce the availability of their courts for international human rights violations with the trends in the courts of such countries as Spain and Italy to provide an effective forum for such matters. Include an analysis of what role if any differences between the common law and civil law systems affect both the availability of national forums and remedies, and the willingness of the various national judiciaries to undertake a generous reception of international human rights claims.
    3. Examine the right of access of alleged victims of human rights violations to the national courts of various countries where defendants have financial resources that might be applied to judgment rendered in favor of such claimants. To what extent do national courts enforce the judgments of other countries in favor of human rights victims? To what extent if any do the doctrines of comity vary between common law and civil law jurisdictions in their reception of foreign judgments in favor of human rights victims?

Submission Guidelines:

The essay should arrive by mail to both the submission and email addresses on or before the due date.

Submit Articles To:

Interleges c/o John North, Royds LLP,
65, Carter Lane,
London EC4V 5HF UK
Using this email address:




Entrants should submit an essay, article, or comment on an issue concerning Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.


Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2014-2015 school year. The essays must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project.


Essays must be typed on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper, double-spaced in 12-point font, and Times New Roman font type. All margins must be at least one inch. Entries must not exceed fifteen (15) total pages of text, including notes, with footnotes placed as endnotes. Citation style should conform to the most recent edition of The Bluebook – A Uniform System of Citation. Essays longer than 15 pages of text, including notes, or which are not in the required format will not be read. The winner may be required to abridge the winning article for publication in the NACTT Quarterly.


The NACTT will judge the competition. Essays will be judged based upon content, exhaustiveness of research, originality, writing style, and timeliness.


Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to the chair of the Writing Competition at the address that appears below.


Entries must be received by April 30, 2015. Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the discretion of the NACTT. Entries may be submitted via email an electronic version (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) to Trustee@Ch13austin.com.


The author of the first-place essay will receive a $1000.00 cash prize. The winning essay will be published in the NACTT Quarterly – The Quarterly Journal of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees. The winner will also receive free registration and a room for the NACTT annual seminar to be held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah from July 1 – 4, 2015.

$500, cash prize; publication in NAWL Women Lawyers Journal


The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)® is a national voluntary legal professional organization whose mission is the advancement of women in the legal profession and women’s rights. Since 1899, NAWL has served as an educational forum and active voice for the concerns of women lawyers in this country and abroad. NAWL continues to support and advance the interests of women in and under the law, and in so doing, supports and advances the social, political, and professional empowerment of women. Through its programs and networks, NAWL provides the tools for women in the profession to advance, prosper, and enrich the profession. NAWL has established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law. The rules for the competition are as follows:

Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law. The most recent winning paper was “The Decriminalization of Rape on America’s College Campuses: How Federal Sex Discrimination Policy Has Diminished the Role of the Criminal Justice System in Combatting Sexual Violence” written by Danielle Elizabeth DeBold, New York University School of Law. Please view paper here.

Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2014-15 school year. The essays must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the summer, fall, or spring semesters are eligible for submission. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project.


Essays must be double-spaced in 12-point, Times New Roman font. All margins must be one inch. Entries must not exceed fifteen (15) pages of text, excluding notes, with footnotes placed as endnotes. Citation style should conform to The Bluebook – A Uniform System of Citation. Essays longer than 15 pages of text, excluding notes, or which are not in the required format may not be read.


NAWL Women Lawyers Journal® designees will judge the competition. Essays will be judged based upon content, exhaustiveness of research, originality, writing style, and timeliness.


Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to the chair of the Writing Competition, Professor Jennifer Martin at jmartin@stu.edu.

Deadline and Submission

Entries must be received by May 1, 2015. Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the discretion of NAWL. Entries must provide a cover letter providing the title of your essay, school affiliation, email address, phone number, and mailing address. Entries must be submitted in the following format: email an electronic version (in Microsoft Word) to jmartin@stu.edu.



$2,000, cash prize; publication in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems Journal of the University of Iowa College of Law


Any contemporary international business or economic concern.


Publication and a $2,000 cash prize.


The winning essay will be published in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, a journal of the University of Iowa College of Law.


All students currently enrolled in law or graduate degree programs.


Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems must receive all essays no later than March 6, 2015.


  1. All essays must be typed, double-spaced on 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper, with a 1″ margin on all sides.
  2. There is no minimum page requirement. The essay must not exceed 50 pages, including footnotes.
  3. Citations should follow rules published in THE BLUEBOOK: A UNIFORM SYSTEM OF CITATION (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al. eds., 19th ed. 2010).
  4. For electronic submissions, attach your essay (MS Word 97 or higher) to an e-mail message that includes your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, name of the school you attend, and the title of your essay. No personal identification information should appear on your essay.
  5. For submissions by mail, provide a cover letter that includes your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, the name of the school you attend, and the title of your essay. No personal identification information should appear on your essay.
  6. No essay shall be eligible which has been published or has an outstanding commitment for publication.
  7. All essays must be the work of an individual. Collaboration with others (other than the usual law review or seminar supervision) is prohibited.
  8. The judging panel will be comprised of TLCP editors and University of Iowa College of Law faculty. The panel reserves the right to make no award if a worthy article is not submitted.

Submit to

Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems
Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
The University of Iowa College of Law
Boyd Law Building
185 Iowa City, IA 52242-1113
United States of America


E-Mail: tlcp@uiowa.edu




The U.S. Constitution has long been interpreted by judges and understood by most Americans to support comprehensive environmental protection. However, arguments questioning the constitutional legitimacy or application of environmental law continue to be made. ELI and NAELS invite law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. This annual writing competition is made possible through the generous support of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., one of the premier environmental law firms in the nation.


The author of the article deemed best by a panel of judges will receive $2000 cash, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.


Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or “federalism” component. (See sample topics below.)


Students currently enrolled in law school (in the U.S. or abroad) are eligible, including students who will graduate in 2015. Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit. Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit. Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible.


Entries must be received no later than 5:00 PM ET on Monday, April 6, 2015. Please email entries (and any questions) to Talia Fox at fox@eli.org. You will receive a confirmation by email.


Cover page. This separate page must include the following information:

  • Title
  • Author’s name, year in law school, and expected graduation date (to facilitate impartial judging, the author’s name and law school must NOT appear anywhere in the entry, other than on this cover page)
  • Law school name and address
  • Author’s permanent and school mailing addresses, email address, and phone number (IMPORTANT: indicate effective dates for any contact information that is subject to change)
  • Abstract (limited to 100 words) describing the piece
  • Certification that the article has not been published and is not slated for future publication (while authors may submit their articles to other publishers or competitions, acceptance for publication elsewhere will disqualify an entry from further consideration)
  • Statement as to where the author(s) learned about this competition

Format. Submissions may be of any length up to a maximum of 50 pages (including footnotes), in a double-spaced, 8.5 x 11-inch page format with 12-point font (10-point for footnotes). Citation style must conform to the Bluebook. Submissions must be made by email attachment in Microsoft Word format, with the cover page as a separate attachment.


The prize will be awarded to the student work that, in the judgment of our reviewers, best advances the state of scholarship and informs the debate on a current topic of constitutional environmental law. ELI reserves the right to determine that no submission will receive the prize. While only one cash prize is available, ELI may decide to extend multiple offers of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter.

For more about ELI, including the results of past writing competitions, please visit www.eli.org and http://www.eli.org/program_areas/writing_competition_index.cfm.