Writing Competitions

Best Brief Competition

Laura E. Schroeder is the winner of the 2016 Best Brief Competition.  Jonathon Davies is the runner-up in the competition.  Other finalists are Claire Dennis, Dustin Page, and Chelsea Wilfong.  Congratulations to these great legal writers!

Other Writing Competitions (arranged by deadline for entry; only the top prize is listed) 

March 31, 2017 - LSAC Writing Competition - (essay on why pipeline programs to increase diversity are essential); $5,000.

April 17, 2017 - Morris L. Cohen Essay Competition - (any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives); $500, up to $1,000 for expenses to attend the American Association of Law Libraries' Annual Meeting, and possible online publication.

April 14, 2017 - (entry due; essay due April 28) Howard Schwab Memorial Essay Contest - (any aspect of family law); $1,500.

April 28, 2017 - Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition - (any legal ethic topic); $2,500.

May 1, 2017 - Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition - (any area of law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples); $750 and publication in the compendium of materials for the Sovereignty Symposium XXX.

May 19, 2017 - International Association of Defense Counsel Writing Contest (any issue about the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation); $2,000 and consideration for publication in the Defense Counsel Journal.

May 19, 2017 - Andrew P. Vance Writing Competition (any issue of customs or international trade law); $1,000.

May 30, 2017 - Intellectual Property Section of the Wis. State Bar Writing Competition - (any intellectual property topic); $3,000.

June 12, 2017 - Thomas Austern Writing Competition - (areas of law that affect food, drugs, biologics, cosmetics, dietary supplements, medical devices, and tobacco); monetary prize and possible publication in the Food and Drug Law Journal.

June 15, 2017 - College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Writing Competition - (issues related to public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar); $3,000.

June 30, 2017 - Robert C. Watson Competition - (intellectual property law); $2,000 and a trip to Washington D.C. to receive the award.

July 1, 2017 - William W. Greenhalgh Writing Competition - (see contest materials for the specific topic about the 4th Amendment and technology); $2,500 and up to $800 for transportation costs to attend a meeting of the ABA Criminal Justice Section.

July 1, 2017 - American Inns of Court - Warren E. Burger Prize - (topics related to professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence); $5,000 and publication in the South Carolina Law Review.

July 5, 2017 - 2017 Tannenwald Writing Competition - (any federal or state tax-related topic); $5,000.

July 14, 2017 - Federal Claims Bar Association Writing Competition - (any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims): $3,500 and an opportunity to be published on the association's website.

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