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The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Annual Law Student Writing Competition 2011-2012

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased to announce their 2011-2012 writing competition. This competition is open to law school students at accredited law schools in the United States. Authors may not have graduated prior to December 2011. LL.M. candidates are not eligible to participate.

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 moficiation, or a common law doctrine.

Entries will be evaluated on topic selection, analysis, quality of research, grammar, spelling, usage and syntax, clarity, structure and overall appearance.

Articles must be submitted by 6:00 p.m. E.D.S.T. on May 15, 2011 using the suject line “Writing Competition.” Submit the manuscript and a cover page as an email 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.

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.

All citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th Edition).

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.

No person may submit more than one entry.

The judges reserve the right not to award any prizes and to reject any or all submissions.

Publication and Prizes

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers will award the following prizes: First Place: $1500, Second Place: $1000, Third Place: $500.

The first-place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.

The names of the authors of the second- and third-place winning articles will be mentioned in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.

The author of the first-place winning article will be invited as a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers may, at its discretion, include a copy of any or all of the prize-winning manuscripts in an issue of its newsletter and/or on its web site.