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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

February 20, 2-15
The 2015 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest
Topics:  Liability issues arising from the breach of a law firm's computer network and the subsequent leaking of a client's ocnfidential information
Prize:  1st place - $5,000

March 23, 2015
Belluck & Fox, LLP Supports Mesothelioma Education Essay Contest
Topics:  A mesothelioma sufferer’s personal story, the history of asbestos use in American industry / manufacturing, and the latest developments in medical treatments for mesothelioma.
Prize:  $5,000 First Place, $2,500 Second Place, $1,250 Third Place, $500 Fourth Place, $250 Fifth Place, $100 honorable mention winners

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 1, 2015
Susan J. Ferrell Scholarship Contest
WHO? Susan J. Ferrell served as Attorney Advisor in the Oklahoma City office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for nine years. Much of her work concerned HUD’s Native American programs; she was actively interested in Native American history and culture. One full (tuition, meals, and travel) scholarship to attend the Sovereignty Symposium XXVIII will be offered in her memory. Travel, lodging and meal expenses for the Ferrell scholarship winner will be paid pursuant to the Oklahoma State Travel Reimbursement Act, subject to the limitations stated below.*
WHAT? The Supreme Court of Oklahoma and The Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. are sponsoring a full scholarship to The Sovereignty Symposium that will pay tuition, meals and travel to attend the Sovereignty Symposium.
WHEN? The Sovereignty Symposium XXVIII, which will be held June 3-4, 2015 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The keynote speaker for 2015 will be the Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, member of the House of Lords.
HOW? Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and contribution to Native American legal issues by an application letter. There is no application form. Please include name, address, and day and evening telephone numbers in your letter. Applicants must be students at an accredited law school in the United States, its territories, or Canada. Applications should be sent to: The Sovereignty Symposium Attn: Ferrell Scholarship Committee Oklahoma Judicial Center, Suite 1 2100 North Lincoln Boulevard Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105 (405) 556-9371 Email: sovereignty.symposium@oscn.net.
DUE? No later than April 1, 2015. *The student will be paid either mileage at the Oklahoma state travel reimbursement rate or round trip coach fare, not to exceed $750.00. A maximum of three nights of lodging at the conference rate will be paid directly to the hotel. A per diem at the Oklahoma state travel reimbursement rate will be paid each day for three days. 

April 13, 2015
DISH "Best in Class" eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition
Topic:  Competing interests between counsel's cooperation during the discovery phase in civil litigation and the disclosure of privileged information.
Prize: Grand Prize of $3,500 cash award.
April 15, 2015
Chief Justice John B. Boolin Writing Competition
Topic:  The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.
Prize:  First, second, and third prizes in the amounts of $750.00; $500.00; and $250.00 will be awarded. The winning entry will also be published in the 2015 Symposium compendium of materials. Second and third place entries will be published if space permits.
Email entries to e-mail kyle.shifflet@oscn.net

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.

April 30, 2015
Topic: Entrants should submit an essay, article, or comment on an issue concerning Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.
Prize: The author of the first-place essay will receive a $1000.00 cash prize. The winning essay will be published in the NACTT Quarterly - The Quarterly Journal of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees. The winner will also receive free registration and a room for the NACTT annual seminar to be held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah from July 1 - 4, 2015.

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

May 31, 2015
Ed Edmondson Scholarship
WHO? Ed Edmondson served in the United States Congress representing Oklahoma for twenty years. He was a long time supporter of both Native American concerns and education.
WHEN? The Oklahoma Supreme Court and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. will host Sovereignty Symposium XXVIII on June 3 and 4, 2015, at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Symposium registration scholarships will be offered in Congressman Edmondson’s name as the Symposium’s thank you for his support and efforts during its founding. Please apply early as the number of available scholarships is limited.
HOW? Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and dedication to Native American law issues and the need for a scholarship in a simple letter of application. There is no formal application form.
DUE? May 31, 2015 Applications may be emailed to: sovereignty.symposium@oscn.net. Or mailed to: The Sovereignty Symposium Attn: Ed Edmondson Scholarship Committee Oklahoma Judicial Center, Suite 1 2100 North Lincoln Boulevard Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105 For further information, contact (405)556-9371, or email sovereignty.symposium@oscn.net. The Sovereignty Symposium was established to provide a forum in which ideas concerning common legal issues can be exchanged in a scholarly, non-adversarial environment. The Oklahoma Supreme Court espouses no view on any of the issues or the positions taken by the Symposium participants or by the authors of writing competition entries.

July 1, 2015
2015 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
Topic:  Issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.
Prize:  Winning essay will receive cash prize of $5,000 and essay will be published in South Carolina Law Review
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: 2/26/2015 11:18:00 AM by Debra Booth