International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) 2015 Legal Writing Contest

All J.D. candidates currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the IADC Legal Writing Contest. Entrants must write on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense, or management of the defense of civil litigation. The contest is judged by a committee of the IADC.

Prizes:

First Place US $2,000 and plaque
Second Place US $1,000 and plaque
Third Place US $500 and plaque
Honorable mention Plaque

Contest Rules:

  1. Eligibility. The International Association of Defense Counsel 2015 Legal Writing Contest is open to students who, at the time of submission of their entries, are enrolled as J.D. candidates in accredited law schools.
  2. Subject Matter. Entries must be submitted in the English language on a subject of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation, such as relevant aspects of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, damages, alternative dispute resolution procedures, and professional ethics.
  3. Authorship and Publication. Entries must be certified by the entrant on the IADC entry form to be the original and sole work of the entrant. At the time of submission, the entry must not have been published or accepted for publication, and the author must be free to execute the assignment of copyright to IADC referred to in Rule 7.
  4. Judging. The contest will be judged by a committee of the IADC, whose decisions will be final. In addition to the monetary award winners, the judges may designate entries worthy of honorable mention.
  5. Judging Standards. Articles will be judged on the following factors: (1) the choice of subject matter, as measured by its significance, international or national relevance, and timeliness; (2) the amount of work and effort, as measured by the entry’s comprehensiveness and analysis; (3) the quality of the legal analysis, as measured by its objectivity and balance; and (4) the writing quality, as measured by clarity of expression, brevity, and literary construction. Entrants also should consider the points made in the contest guidelines.
  6. Monetary Awards. Monetary awards will be made as follows: US $2,000 to the first place winner, US $1,000 to the second place winner, and US $500 to the third place winner. Honorary mentions receive no monetary awards.
  7. Plaques and Publication. Authors of monetary award articles and of those awarded honorable mention will receive commemorative plaques, and their articles will be made available for publication in Defense Counsel Journal, IADC’s quarterly law review. At the time of submission, entrants must execute the assignment of copyright in the entry certificate. IADC will copyright articles published in Defense Counsel Journal, but release the copyright assignment back to entrants whose works are not published. Acceptance for publication in any publication other than Defense Counsel Journal prior to notice to the author of an award in this contest will disqualify the entry. Entrants are expected to notify IADC promptly of such prior acceptance by another publication.
  8. Subscription. A year’s subscription to Defense Counsel Journal will be given to all contestants who meet the qualifications for entry in this contest.
  9. Deadline for 2015 Entries. Entries must be received on or before Friday, May 15, 2015.
  10. Directions for Transmission. Entries, together with the completed entry form, must be sent to the International Association of Defense Counsel, via electronic mail to Melisa Maisel.

For contest guidelines and additional information, please visit the website.

 

National Association of Women Lawyers 2015 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

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. 

FORMAT: 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.

JUDGING: 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: Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to the chair of the Writing Competition, Professor Jennifer Martin.

SUBMISSION AND DEADLINE: 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).

AWARD: The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in the NAWL Women Lawyers Journal.

Career Opportunities: FFSC Human Rights Investigator Position

About FFSC:

The mission of the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC) is to monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances both the human rights of farmworkers and the long-term interests of growers through implementation of the Fair Food Program (FFP), a unique worker-led, market-driven social responsibility program that emerged from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ successful Campaign for Fair Food. The FFP has become the gold standard for social responsibility in US agriculture, recognized by longtime labor and human rights observers as “the best workplace monitoring program in the US” and “one of the great human rights success stories of our day.”

About the Position:

Investigators conduct proactive audits of participating growers’ operations, including detailed interviews of field workers, supervisors, and management. Payroll reviews are conducted, in addition to monitoring the distribution of Fair Food Premium bonus payments to workers. Investigators also receive and investigate complaints from workers through a 24-hour confidential hotline. Working in teams, and together with the Executive Director, Investigators play a key role in drafting audit reports, investigating and resolving complaints, and designing corrective action plans.

FFSC is based in Sarasota, FL, with work-related travel throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Salary and benefits are competitive within the non-profit sector.

Qualifications/Skills:

  • Fluency in Spanish or Haitian Creole;
  • Strong communication and interviewing skills;
  • Strong writing and documentation skills, including attention to detail;
  • Ability to connect facts and discern patterns;
  • Ability to interact well with people of different nationalities, gender, and education levels;
  • Comfort working in rural areas, including onsite at farms (outdoors);
  • Willingness to work irregular hours and “do what is necessary”;
  • Ability to work well as part of a team, as well as independently;
  • Discipline and initiative; and
  • Valid drivers’ license.

To Apply:

Applicants should send a resume/CV and a cover letter indicating interest in the position to Judge Laura Safer Espinoza. The subject line of the email should read FFSC Investigator Position. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

 

HNBA Now Accepting Applications to 2015 Intellectual Property Law Institute

HNBA/Microsoft Intellectual Property Law Institute

“Increasing Hispanic Lawyers in IP Law”

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2015!

For the 3rd successful year, the HNBA/Microsoft Intellectual Property Law Institute (IPLI) is accepting applications. IPLI is an intensive week-long program focused on all aspects of intellectual property law and offered to 25 Latino students from across the country. Participants in the program, held in Washington, D.C., will have all necessary expenses covered. The program will focus on such topics as:

  • Trade Secrets
  • Patents
  • Copyrights
  • Trademarks 

2015 IPLI will be May 31st-June 6th. The application deadline is 11:59 pm EST, March 31, 2015.  

Candidates will be selected in a highly competitive process. Selected students will be provided substantive instruction, the opportunity to observe first-hand U.S. IP institutions at work, and the chance to meet leading members of the IP legal community who will serve as mentors and potentially provide pathways for future job opportunities.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a rising 2L or rising 3L and have already completed first year of classes by May 31, 2015
  • Have a demonstrated interest in intellectual property law as a potential practice area
  • Must be in good standing at an ABA accredited law school, pursuing a Juris Doctor

To apply to participate, please submit the following via e-mail:

To be considered, applications must be received by 11:59 pm EST, March 31, 2015.

 

 

This Week at the CDO (Week of January 26, 2015)

 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015: 

  • 1L CDO Workshops – 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Room F-309 – During the spring semester, 1L students will have an opportunity to participate in Spring Recruiting, which includes the Spring On Campus Interview Program, Spring Resume Referral Program and Summer Externship Program. By participating in these programs, 1L students will have an opportunity to apply for legal internships for the upcoming summer. The 1L CDO Workshops will provide students will complete instructions on how to prepare for and participate in Spring Recruiting, including how to use Symplicity, the web-based program used to administer Spring Recruiting. Students need only attend one session this week. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015: 

  • 1L CDO Workshops – 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Room E-352 – During the spring semester, 1L students will have an opportunity to participate in Spring Recruiting, which includes the Spring On Campus Interview Program, Spring Resume Referral Program and Summer Externship Program. By participating in these programs, 1L students will have an opportunity to apply for legal internships for the upcoming summer. The 1L CDO Workshops will provide students will complete instructions on how to prepare for and participate in Spring Recruiting, including how to use Symplicity, the web-based program used to administer Spring Recruiting. Students need only attend one session this week.

This Week at the CDO (Week of January 19, 2015)

Monday, January 19, 2015:

  • Martin Luther King Holiday  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015:

  • All You Need to Know About Interning at the Miami-Dade Public Defender Office from PD Carlos J. Martinez – 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Room F-109 – Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez and his chief assistants will have a panel discussion about interning at the PD office.

Epstein Becker Green 17th Annual Health Law Writing Competition – Entries Due by January 25, 2015

Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce its 17th Annual Health Law Writing Competition. The competition is designed to encourage the preparation of scholarly papers on current topics of interest relating to health law. Cash prizes will be awarded as follows for the three best papers:

First Place: $4,000 | Second Place: $2,000 | Third Place: $500

Entrants should take advantage of the fact that health law is a very broad and diverse field, encompassing aspects of almost every area of law. Papers may address any traditional area of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials). Entries in the top 20 percent will be considered for publication in the Annals of Health Law, which is published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

For additional information and an official entry form, visit the website.

Competition entries are due by January 25, 2015.

 

THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EMPLOYEE BENEFITS COUNSEL ANNOUNCES THE ELEVENTH EMPLOYEE BENEFITS WRITING PRIZE

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

Open to:          Any J.D. and graduate (LL.M. or S.J.D.) law students enrolled at any time between August 14, 2014 and August 15, 2015.

Submit by:       June 2, 2015 

Prizes:              ACEBC Award: $1,500; Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award: $1,500

Winners will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on September 19, 2015 in Chicago, IL.  They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by Bloomberg BNA Books.  If deemed suitable by the editors, one or more of the winning papers will be published by the Bloomberg BNA Pension and Benefits Reporter, the Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal or another employee benefits publication.  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. For information concerning the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, consult the website.

Eligibility/Topics.  Except as provided in (6) below, applicants must be enrolled full-time 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., LL.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.  

  • 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.
  • Papers must be submitted as email attachments 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.
  • Submissions may include papers prepared for class assignments, law journals or other purposes, as well as those written especially for the Prize.
  • 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.

Prizes.  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.

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 2, 2015. 

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.

 

 

 

Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Scholarships and Opportunities

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships are available to law student members of Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters and are awarded based upon demonstrated commitment to ALDF’s mission, “to advance the interests and protect the lives of animals through the legal system.” Applicants should be committed to the advancement of animal law through active involvement with their SALDF chapter while in law school and anticipated participation in the field after graduation.

A secondary goal of the scholarship is to ensure the recipient’s chapter will remain active and maintain engaged leadership. Therefore, scholarship recipients are encouraged to act as a SALDF advisor to their chapter for up to two years after graduation; this mentorship will help ensure continuity of the chapter and contribute to its ongoing vitality.

Scholarships are for one year only. However, students are eligible to apply for continued funding. Scholarships for 1Ls (and part-time students) are $2,500 and scholarships for 2Ls and 3Ls are $5,000.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a member of an active SALDF chapter.
  • Applicant must demonstrate outstanding commitment to animal law.
  • Applicant should be interested in serving as an SALDF advisor for up to two years after graduation.
  • Only current 1Ls and 2Ls are eligible to apply (or 3Ls in a four-year program), with the scholarship to be applied during the next academic year.
  • Applications must be emailed (preferred method), mailed, or faxed (503-231-1578) by April 17, 2015 to:
Animal Legal Defense Fund
Attn: Nicole Pallotta
919 SW Taylor, 4th Floor
Portland, OR 97205 

Applicants must submit: 

  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a law school professor (letters of recommendation from ALDF staff are not permitted).
  • Current academic transcript (unofficial is okay).
  • A copy of your most recent resume.
  • Provide complete answers to the following questions. There is no page limit. Answers must be typed and double spaced. Include your name, SALDF chapter, year in school, address, phone number, and email address.
  1. Describe your interest in animal issues and tell us how your law school education will help you to be a better advocate for animals.
  2. Describe your role within your SALDF chapter.
  3. Describe any other animal law (or animal protection) activities and experience (academic, volunteer, activism, employment, etc.) to date.
  4. ALDF’s mission is to advance the lives and protect the interest of animals through the legal system. Describe how you see yourself contributing to this mission, and tell us how you will support the field of animal law after graduation.
  5. How will receiving this scholarship help you to achieve your goals?
  6. Recipients of the ALDF Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship are encouraged to serve as a SALDF advisor for two years after graduation. How do you envision yourself in this role and how would you contribute to your chapter’s ongoing vitality once you graduate?

 

The 5th Annual The Law Student Reporters (LSR) Program

The Law Student Reporters (LSR) program was created to provide an opportunity for law students to attend ABA-IPL’s IP programming. Each LSR is introduced to the ABA-IPL structure, working with attorneys to provide previews, reviews, and live coverage of CLEs and ABA commitee meetings. LSRs gain a lot of exposure and a solid start with the ABA.

LSRs have the opportunity to engage and interact with IP practitioners from around the world at the largest ABA-IPL event of the year — the Intellectual Property Law Conference in Washington, D.C. Applicants also have the chance to participate in the ABA Annual meeting in the summer if not chosen for the ABA-IPL Spring conference.

The conference will take place March 25-27, 2015 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, MD. This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the conference and we want you to be a part of it! Applications will be accepted for the second round starting on January 12, 2015. The deadline to return your completed application for early decision is Friday, January 30, 2015 by 5:00 PM EST. A shortened application window will reopen again in the Spring semester although preference will be given to early applications, so get your application in as soon as possible. Download the application online.

For additional details regarding LSR eligibility and requirements, please visit the website.