James William Moore Federal Practice Award Fourteenth Annual Award (2013)

LexisNexis® is pleased to announce the Fourteenth Annual James William Moore Federal Practice Award.

Named after the author of the leading treatise on federal civil practice and procedure, Moore’s Federal Practice®, the award is intended to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship in this complex and evolving area of the law. This year’s prizes will be awarded in the fall of 2013.

LexisNexis® is inviting law students to submit papers for consideration. One paper will be selected as winner of the Award, and the winning author will receive:

  • a cash prize of $2,000;
  • a full set of Moore’s Federal Rules Pamphlets;
  • publicity of his or her name in connection with the award

In addition to the award given to the author, the winning entrant’s law review or journal will be awarded $1,000.

The winning paper will be chosen by the respected Board of Editors for Moore’s Federal Practice:

Eligibility Requirements:

Only students enrolled in law school through the end of the current school year (2012-2013) will be eligible to participate.

Entrants’ papers must have been either submitted for publication in a student publication, or prepared as course work in connection with a course at law school. Entrants’ papers need not have been actually published.

Papers that have been submitted to professional or for-profit publications will be ineligible.

All papers must be the original work of an individual student, although normal comment and guidance by law school faculty and journal editors is permitted. Joint papers are not eligible for the award.

The principal subject of the submitted paper must be federal civil practice and procedure, including the civil jurisdiction and venue rules of the federal courts. Submissions on the topics of federal courts management, federal appellate procedure, and alternative dispute resolution will also be acceptable. However, papers that deal primarily with criminal procedure will not be acceptable.

Papers focusing on the procedural aspects of certain types of substantive federal litigation are acceptable. For example, LexisNexis will accept an article on the scope of permissible discovery in an employment discrimination case, so long as the article focuses on interpretation of the applicable procedural rules. Papers on purely substantive issues that may arise in federal litigation (e.g., the scope of a particular defense to an antitrust action) are not eligible.

By submitting a paper for the James William Moore Federal Practice Award, the entrant and the law review grant to LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc., and its parents and its and their affiliates and subsidiaries (collectively “LexisNexis”) the right to hyperlink from a LexisNexis web site page to the paper.

By submitting a paper to LexisNexis pursuant to this James William Moore Federal Practice Award the entrant and law review or journal hereby expressly consents to the terms and conditions contained herein.

Entry Procedure:

The Author of a paper may directly submit his or her paper for consideration.

In addition, each law review may submit up to four (4) papers for consideration.

Papers, along with fall 2013 contact information (address, phone number, and email address) for the author and the law review (including name of the incoming editor-in-chief), should be submitted to:

Editor, Moore’s Federal Practice
LexisNexis Matthew Bender
201 Mission Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA94105

In order to be considered for this year’s award, articles must be postmarked no later than June 3, 2013.

The winner will be selected on or around October 1st, 2013.

The winner will be selected on or around October 1st, 2013.

Format Requirements:

All papers should follow the citation form set out in the Nineteenth Edition of A Uniform System of Citation (“The Harvard Bluebook”). Papers should be double-spaced (footnotes single-spaced), presented on one side of 8-1/2 x 11-inch paper. Times New Roman, 12-point, is the preferred font for both footnotes and text.

Submitted papers should be a minimum of 20 pages when formatted as indicated above.

One electronic copy and one paper copy of each paper should be submitted. Electronic copies should be submitted on a CD-ROM.

Judging Standards:

Factors considered in the judging of papers will include:

  • Quality of writing, including style and organization
  • Thoroughness of research
  • Persuasiveness of the argument made in support of the author’s hypothesis
  • The extent to which the article will assist the legal community in understanding a difficult issue of federal practice and procedure
  • The significance to federal litigators of the issues addressed

The decision of the judges will be final and binding.


One entrant submitting a paper will be selected based upon the Judging standards set forth above by the Board of Editors for Moore’s Federal Practice on or about October 1, 2013. The name of the entrant winner will be announced within 30 days after the selection date, provided however that the selected individual meets all qualifications and eligibility criteria.

Except where prohibited by law, entry and/or acceptance of the award by the winner constitutes permission for LexisNexis to use, without further compensation, worldwide, for advertising/publicity purposes worldwide and in any and all forms of media, now known and hereafter devised, including without limitation online, entrant winner’s name, address (city and state), photo, likeness, voice, biographical information, and statements.


The entrant whose paper is selected will receive (a) a cash prize of $2,000 and (b) a four-volume set of Moore’s Federal Rules Pamphlets (total approx. retail value: $350). In addition the winning entrant’s law review or journal will receive $1,000. If applicable, all Federal, state and local taxes, and all income and any other taxes, fees and surcharges will be the sole responsibility of the entrant winner and law review.