Writing Competitions

Bloomberg Law 2016 Write-On Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any unique article on a topic impacting the legal landscape.
  • Deadline for entry is February 17, 2016.
    • Grand Prize: $2,500
    • Ten winners will be chosen to have their articles published in a leading Bloomberg BNA Law Report.

2016 Gerrymander Standard Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Propose a new definition for partisan gerrymandering and pair that definition with an effective legal theory to challenge unfair redistricting plans in court.
  • Deadline for entry is March 27, 2016.
    • 1st place: $5,000
    • 2nd place: $3,000
    • 3rd place: $2,000
    • All winners will be eligible for publication in Election Law Journal. Common Cause will cover travel expenses for up to two authors per paper to travel to a national redistricting reform symposium to present their papers.

"Gerrymander Standard" Writing Competition

  • Details (PDF)
  • Subject: Any paper that will identify partisan gerrymanders and distinguish them from districts drawn using neutral redistricting principles while developing legal theories or arguments that could be used by courts to declare partisan gerrymanders unconstitutional. Focus specifically on the First Amendment issue in Shapiro v. McManus and Whitford v. Nichol.
  • Deadline for entry is March 27, 2016.
    • 1st Place: $5,000
    • 2nd Place: $3,000 
    • 3rd Place: $2,000

Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law with a significant constitutional, "federalism," or other cross-cutting component.
  • Deadline for entry is Monday, April 4, 2016.
    • Grand Prize: $2,000, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

The Judge Advocate General's School 2016 National Security Law Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Issues surrounding the implications of public-private partnerships and technology in the Air Force.
  • Deadline for entry is April 15, 2016.
    • 1st place: $2,000 and the entry will be published in The Air Force Law Review.
    • 2nd place: $1,000 and the entry will be published in The Air Force Law Review.

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel: Twelfth Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition

  • Details
  • Subject: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.
  • Deadline for entry is June 2, 2016.
    • Alvin D. Lurie Memorial Award: $1,500
    • Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award: $1,500

Ehline Law Firm American Military Veterans Legal Scholarship

  • Details
  • Subject: Any paper on why military vets can make a difference in improving the image of the practice of law.
  • Deadline for entry is October 1, 2016.
    • Grand Prize: $500 


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