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Below are a variety of writing competitions available to all Drake University Law students;
Organized by submission due date:

September 1, 2014 
International Association of Gaming Advisors
2014 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award
Topic that either enhances the understanding of gaming law or recommends a beneficial change in gaming law.
Prize:  Top 2 selections receive $2,500.
Contact Jennifer Roberts: jroberts@lionelsawyer.com 

September 19, 2014
2014 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Competition
Topics shall include any aspect of Securities law; Securities arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration.
Prize:  First Place - $1,000 and paper publication, Second Place - $750.00, Third Place - $500.00

November 1, 2014
NinjaEssays Writing Contest
Please provide an entry on one of the following topics:
1."Essay writing as one of the greatest trends and issues in contemporary education."
2."The unbearable lightness of being: Is the accessibility of modern education a problem? Should everyone gain a degree?"
3."The significance of education in my life."
4."How a book changed my life."
5."Is college education inevitable for career readiness?"
6."Are contemporary educational tools diminishing the role of teachers?"
7."Teamwork in schools: is it inspiring or discriminating?"
Prizes: Winner - $500 2nd place - $300 3rd place - $150   

November 15, 2014
Staver Law Group Personal Injury Scholarship Essay Contest
Topic:  A personal account of how an auto accident, instance of medial malpractice, or premises liability accident has affected you or someone close to you and how this has impacted your life.
Prize:  $2,000 towards educational expenses.

November 17, 2014
Center for Alcohol Policy
Topic: “As states contemplate the legalization of prohibited products, like marijuana, what are some lessons policymakers and regulators can learn from the movement to end alcohol Prohibition in the 1930s?”
Prizes: Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

December 1, 2014
American College of Consumer Financial Services Layers 2015 Witing Competition
Topic: Consumer financial services, but not securities regulation, insurance, or safety-and-soundness aspects of banking regulation.
Prizes: Cash payments of $2,500, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively.

December 31, 2014
The Expert Institute’s Legal Blog Writing Contest
Topics:  A blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation.
Prize:  1st place - $500 and publication, 2nd place - $200 and publication, 3rd place - publication

January 5, 2015
Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition
Topic:  Any original paper concerning federal taxation.
Prize:  1st place - $2,000, 2nd place - $1,000, a trip to FBA's Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, DC for both as well as possible publication.

January 15, 2015
ABA Forum on Construction Law Writing Competition
Topics:  Any topic related to construction law.
Prize:  1st place - $2,000, annual meeting invitation-all expenses paid, one-year membership

January 16, 2015  
Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition
Please refer to the above link for Topic guidelines.
Prize:  1st place - $3,000 and publication, 2nd place - $2,000, 3rd place - $1,000

March 23, 2015
Louis Tertocha Fashion Law Writing Competition
Topics:  Essays must discuss a legal issue in the Fashion Industry. For example, without limitation, intellectual property, technology, communication, contracts, employment law and international trade issues are included in this description, provided such legal issues relate to or affect the fashion industry. 

Prize:  There will be at most one grand prize winning essay. The author of the grand prize winning entry will be recognized by EASL and have its work published on the EASL website and/or in newsletters, and may receive other prizes TBA.

April 15, 2015
The Mike Ornstein Scholarship Contest
Topic:  Whether or not college athletes should receive some form of compensation while they play for their school.
See link for further information.

May 15, 2015
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Writing Competition 2014-2015
Topics:  Any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar.
Prize:  1st place - $1,500 and publication, 2nd Place - $1,000, 3rd Place $500

Be sure to check out the Legal Writing Competition Blog and get the latest information on competitions going on right now! The ABA also has a listing of writing competitions listed by section available on their website.

Last Modified: 12/8/2014 11:57:00 AM by Debra Booth