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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.