The Law School Admission Council’s Diversity Committee Announces a Writing Competition

The Law School Admission Council’s Diversity Committee Announces a Writing Competition on: 

WHY PIPELINE PROGRAMS TARGETING STUDENTS FROM UNDERREPRESENTED RACIAL AND ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE FUTURE OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION 

To Promote Diversity in Law Schools and in the Legal Profession  

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is committed to fostering diversity in law schools and the legal profession. Currently, through its Diversity Committee, LSAC sponsors and funds a number of initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity of the legal profession. These initiatives include organizing national and regional pipeline workshops that promote the development of outreach and early educational programs for students from diverse backgrounds; offering grants to support diversity initiatives at LSAC member law schools; maintaining databases and websites such as DiscoverLaw.org with information, resources, and programs that encourage students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students to pursue a legal career and equip them with the tools for successful admission and graduation from law school; and engaging in ongoing collaborative programs and projects with prelaw advisors and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). 

For decades, studies consistently have shown that students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students are underrepresented in most law schools. As a consequence, smaller percentages of persons who represent these groups are graduating from law school and entering the legal profession. This writing competition is designed to reinvigorate the dialogue about the recruitment and retention strategies that law schools should deploy to yield a more diverse class of graduates who will enter the legal profession. 

ENTRY PROCEDURES: 

Include a cover page with your submission. The cover should only contain the author’s name, title of the paper, mailing address, law school affiliation, law school status (lL, 2L, 3L/4L), a telephone number where the author may easily be reached, and an email address. To allow anonymous evaluations, please do not put your name on the actual paper. The title on the paper must precisely match the title on the cover page that contains the identifying information described above. Email entries here. Only electronic files (PDF or Word) will be accepted.

JUDGING:

A panel of law school faculty, legal writing instructors, and LSAC diversity committee members will evaluate each submission and select the winning papers. If no paper meets the standards set forth in this announcement, the panel may decide either not to issue an award or publish a paper. The panel’s decision will be final. 

DEADLINE:

All papers must be sent no later than 5:00 PM EST on Friday, March 31, 2017. No extensions will be granted under any circumstances. Papers submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for an award. All submissions become the property of LSAC, and LSAC will retain the copyright of any winning papers selected for publication.

Topic: Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession.

Eligibility: Current JD candidates who are in good standing at LSAC member law schools.

Length and Format: Up to 20 pages (5,000 words or less), 8½ by 11 inch paper, double spaced, 1-inch margins, Word format, 12-point font, with endnotes written in “A Uniform System of Citation” (The Blue Book) format.

Evaluation Criteria Essays will be judged according to:

  • Research and use of relevant sources and authorities (cases; law review articles; other secondary sources, including, but not limited to, books, newspapers, and magazines; and empirical and sociological studies)
  • Quality and clarity of legal analysis, persuasion, and writing
  • Understanding, interpretations, and conclusions regarding diversity and the implications of diversity in this context
  • Full compliance with all competition procedures

Awards: One winning paper will be selected from each of the three (3) qualifying categories of eligible students (1L, 2L, 3L/4L). Each winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and the winning essays will be posted at DiscoverLaw.org. In addition, one winning paper will be submitted for publication in the Journal of Legal Education or similar publication.

Questions: Please send your inquiries to the LSAC Diversity Initiatives office via email.

 

 

2017 1L Summer Internship Program Prudential Financial, Inc.

The National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”) is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (“Prudential”) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly motivated first-year law student. Through this partnership, NAWL will select a student to join the 2017 summer law intern class at Prudential for a 10-week internship at Prudential’s New Jersey offices, for a stipend of approximately $10,000.

Internship Description:

The summer internship will provide interns with the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Prudential’s businesses. Other features of the summer internship program include:

  • Paid attendance at the LCLD Scholars Summit in Philadelphia, PA; May 23-25, 2017;
  • Participation in training programs presented by Prudential attorneys highlighting different areas of the business and the legal department;
  • Pairing with an attorney who will serve as a manager during the program and will provide guidance on projects and other substantive work;
  • Pairing with a mentor who will serve as an additional advisor on resume review;
  • Interviewing skill development and mock interview practice;
  • Networking both within Prudential and externally with law firms and regulatory groups;
  • Presentation development and delivery;
  • The opportunity to shadow attorneys on various projects;
  • Opportunities to interview with select local firms for potential 2L internships

The 1L summer internship will run for 10 weeks from May 22 to July 28, 2017. Summer interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on a weekly basis.

Intern Requirements:

Applicants must be members of NAWL. They need to be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school and have successfully completed the first year of law school with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). The applicant must be scheduled for graduation in spring 2019 (full-time students) or spring 2020 (part-time students). The ideal applicant will have financial or business-related experience or interest.

Interns not local to New Jersey will be responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from Prudential’s office in Newark, New Jersey.

How to Apply:

To apply, you must submit a cover letter, resume, a list of three references, and a copy of your transcript to:

Kelsey Vuillemot 
National Association of Women Lawyers
321 North Clark Street, MS 19.1
Chicago, IL 60654

Please write “Prudential Internship” in the subject line of all correspondence. All materials must be received by 5:00 PM CT on January 25, 2017. The finalist shall be selected and notified by a Prudential HR staff member on or before March 13, 2017.

2016-2017 Law Student Writing Competition

The United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association announces that its annual Law Student Writing Competition for the 2016-2017 academic year is underway. The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is a non-profit, voluntary bar association made up of nationwide members who practice law in the areas that lie within the specialized jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims.

The goal of this competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics that lie within the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The winning entry in the competition will receive a $3,500 cash prize and an opportunity to be published via the Association’s website.

The United States Court of Federal Claims was created pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution in October 1982, by the Federal Courts Improvement Act. The court is authorized to hear primarily money claims founded upon the Constitution, federal statutes, executive regulations, or contracts with the United States.

The cases before the court are diverse and involve a variety of statutes. They include claims arising from tax refunds, government contracts, Fifth Amendment takings (which can implicate environmental and natural resource issues), Federal procurement “bid protests,” Federal civilian and military pay matters, intellectual property disputes, Native American tribal rights, and the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation program.

Entries to the contest may address any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The rules of the contest are posted on the Association’s website.

Entry deadline is July 14, 2017.

2017 American College of Employee Benefits Counsel 13th Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize

SUBJECT: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.

OPEN TO: Any J.D. and graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D.) law students enrolled at any time between August 15, 2016 and August 15, 2017. 

SUBMIT BY:    June 1, 2017. 

UP TO TWO PRIZES: 

Alvin D. Lurie Memorial Award                $1,500

Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award      $1,500

Winners will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on October 14, 2017 in San Francisco, CA.  They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by Bloomberg BNA Books. The winning papers will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, experienced attorneys who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field in a wide range of practice settings including law and consulting firms, universities, labor unions, advocacy organizations and government agencies throughout the United States.  The College will also use its best efforts to have one or more of the winning papers published in the Benefits Law Journal or another professional or scholarly publication, if deemed suitable by the College’s Writing Prize Committee and the editors of the publication.

For information concerning the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, contact Brian Dougherty or consult the website.

Writing Prize Rules: 

  1. Eligibility/Topics. Except as provided in (6) below, applicants must be enrolled full-time or part-time in law school between August 15, 2016 and August 15, 2017 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.  
  1. Papers should not exceed 40 pages (double-spaced, in 12 point type, with an inch margin on each side), not including footnotes.
  2. Papers must be submitted as email attachments to Brian Dougherty 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.
  3. Submissions may include papers prepared for class assignments, law journals or other purposes, as well as those written especially for the Prize.
  4. 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 or republish the article.
  5. Selection of Winners. Winning papers will be selected by the Writing Prize Committee based on the factors they deem relevant.  Among other factors, 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.  A focused, in depth analysis of a discrete topic generally is considered more favorably than a broad survey piece.  Presentation (e.g., organization, proofreading, proper grammar, etc.) also carries substantial weight.  The Committee may decline to consider a poorly organized paper or one laden with grammatical errors for those reasons alone.  The determination of the Committee is final.  It is anticipated that winners will be notified by July 21, 2017, or shortly thereafter.
  6. Publication of Winning Articles(s). The College will use its best efforts to arrange for publication of the winning papers in a professional or scholarly publication, if deemed suitable by the Writing Prize Committee and the publication’s editors.  In addition, the winning papers will be posted on the College’s website.
  7. Prizes. There are cash awards for two winning papers.  However, the College may, in its discretion, decide to split prizes, to award additional prizes or to award fewer than two prizes.  Winners will be guests of the College during its annual black tie dinner to be held on October 16, 2017 in San Francisco, CA.  The College covers the travel and lodging expenses for the prize recipients.
  8. Deadline. 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 1, 2017.
  9. Disclaimer. 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.

 

 

 

National Association of Women Lawyers Inaugural YouTube Video Contest

Please join the National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”) as we highlight “Women Lawyers Succeeding!” NAWL invites you to participate in its inaugural YouTube video competition! Submit a two-minute video on “Women Lawyers Succeeding!” that showcases what that phrase means to your group.

NAWL will post all submissions that are suitable for posting on its YouTube channel. The three videos with the highest number of views by February 1, 2017 will be declared the winners. The winning videos will be shown at NAWL’s Mid-Year Meeting & Awards Luncheon in Chicago on March 10, 2017 and may be shown at future programs focused on what “Women Lawyers Succeeding!” means today.

Contest Rules and Requirements:

  • Submissions will only be accepted from groups – no individuals, please! We like to see women lawyers working collaboratively!
  • The submitting entity ― separate from the organization which it is a part ― must be comprised of at least 50% women. Hence, law firm and corporate legal department women’s initiatives and affinity groups qualify even if the firm or company is not 50% women.
  • Only one submission per group is permitted. In the event that more than one entry is received from the same group, only the first entry will be accepted.
  • Submissions must be accompanied by a fully-completed entry form and signed release indicating that you own or have permission for the use of any and all content contained in your submission.
  • Entrants are encouraged to promote viewing of their video via social media. Follow NAWL on Twitter at @NAWLWomeninLaw and be sure to tag us in your posts!
  • The winning entries will be determined solely by the number of views logged between the time the video is posted and 5:00 PM CT on February 1, 2017.
  • NAWL will post accepted submissions within 2 business days of submission.
  • NAWL reserves the right to establish other categories of winners in addition to those determined by the largest number of views.
  • NAWL reserves the right to reject any submission it deems unsuitable for posting on its YouTube channel.

Videos must be submitted via Dropbox. The contest release and entry form may be sent directly via email.

Students can learn more by visiting our website or clicking here.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS DECEMBER 31, 2016

Deadline Approaching: The 19th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition!

The submission deadline for the 19th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition is approaching!  All entries are due by January 4, 2017 at 10am PST (1pm EST).

The competition invites law students to write a 3,000 word essay about an issue currently facing the music industry and propose a solution. Winners of the competition have gone on to successful careers in music, entertainment media, and beyond.

This contest is open to juris doctor candidates currently enrolled at an ABA accredited law school. LL.M. and any other advanced degree candidates are not eligible.

Prizes Include: 

  • One GRAMMY Awards® Show Ticket
  • Round-Trip Airfare to the GRAMMY Awards
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Finalists are featured at the prestigious Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon during GRAMMY Week
  • One ticket for the MusiCares® person of the Year Tribute Gala Honoring Tom Petty
  • First-Place Winner Receives $5,000
  • Four Runners-Up Receive $1,500

 For specific details and information, please ask your CDO advisor or visit the website

 

2017 Law Student Legal Writing Competition

This writing competition (“Competition”) is sponsored by the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law (“Forum”) of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 (the “Sponsor”).

The goal of the competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Forum. It is also intended to attract students to the affordable housing, community development or pro bono practice fields, and to encourage scholarship in these fields.

Each entrant must follow the rules of the competition detailed herein.

Eligibility:
Open to all law students who are at the time of entry, (a) enrolled in a law school that is at the time of entry, ABA Accredited, (b) members of the ABA and the Forum, (c) at least 18 years old, and (d) U.S. citizens. Employees of the ABA, its respective affiliates, and immediate family or household members of such employees are not eligible for the Competition. 

Topic:
Entries should address any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community development law. Please visit the website that includes detailed information on the 2017 Writing Competition.

 

Palm Beach County Bar Association: Diversity Internship Program 2017 Application

The Diversity Internship Program is aimed at bringing diverse law students to Palm Beach County to spend a summer working with county law firms and government organizations.

Program Length: May 30, 2017 through August 11, 2017. Firms and agencies are encouraged to place an intern for a minimum of at least 6 weeks.

Work Schedules: 20 to 40 hours per week. All work schedules are to be determined independently by the intern and employer.

Pay Rates: Firms will pay a minimum of $15.00 per hour. Each participating firm will determine its own pay rate.

To see the Law Student Application, along with the DIP Program Bullet Points and the Intern Outline & Tips for Success Guide which provides more information about the application process and expectations for the program, visit the website.

 

 

 

AIJA launches the 2017 Best International Future Lawyer Award

After the big success of the 2016 edition, AIJA launches now the Best International Future Lawyer Award 2017. Law students and trainees can win this prestigious award for the best written Essay on The impact of technology on the law and/or on the legal profession.

This is a unique opportunity to show law students’ potential to their future colleagues and employers. The Award is open to any law students who are still enrolled at any university worldwide at the time the Paper is submitted.

Participating is very easy and can make future lawyers fly very high! Make sure you spread the word and encourage THE best international future lawyers to participate.

For details, please visit the website.

The National Law Review is Hosting its 2016 Law Student Writing Competition

The National Law Review(NLR) consolidates practice-oriented legal analysis from a variety of sources for easy access by lawyers, paralegals, law students, business executives, insurance professionals, accountants, compliance officers, human resource managers, and other professionals who wish to better understand specific legal issues relevant to their work.

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site.

Each month’s entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be published on the NLR website.

Submissions are now being accepted. 

Suggested Topics:

  • Cyber-security Issues – Major data breaches, EU Privacy Shield, Wearable Devices,Medical Devices
  • Election 2016 Coverage
  • Tax Issues
  • Constitutional Issues – First Amendment, Gun Control
  • Employment Issues – Ban the Box Laws, Minimum Wage,Transgender Accommodations, Age/Sex Discrimination

Articles covering current issues related to other areas of the law may also be submitted.

How to Submit:

Entries for the November contest must be submitted via email by 5:00 pm Central Standard Time November 30, 2016.  Winners will be published in early December.

For complete submission guidelines and accompanying materials go to:Submission Guidelines.

Why Students Should Submit Articles:

Students have the opportunity to publicly display their legal knowledge and skills.

The student’s photo, biography, and contact information will be posted with each article, allowing for professional recognition and exposure.

Winning articles are published alongside those written by respected attorneys from Am Law 200 and other prominent firms as well as from other respected professional associations.

Now more than ever, business development skills are expected from law firm associates earlier in their careers. NLR wants to give law students valuable experience generating consumer-friendly legal content of the sort which is included for publication in law firm client newsletters, law firm blogs, bar association journals and trade association publications.

Student postings will remain in the NLR online database for up to two years, easily accessed by potential employers.

See website for additional details.