Legal Writing Competitions

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2017 MOOT COURT TEAM COMPETITION SCHEDULE

  • American Bar Association, National Appellate Advocacy Competition - Regional Competition TBD, National Finals will be held in Chicago April 6-8, 2017. Representing Cleveland-Marshall College of Law are two teams: Team One consists of Robert Barbato and John Reulbach, both third- year students. Team Two is comprised of Rachel Kalayjian, Amanda Orr, all 2nd year students, and Barbara Martincic, a 3LE student. The ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court.
  • National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare & Adoption Law, sponsored by Capital University law School, the competition held in Columbus, Ohio, March 10-11, 2017 (March 10 at the Ohio Statehouse, March 11 at the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial Center. Patrick Hennish, Lauren Holler, and Nicole Vincent will be competing on behalf of Cleveland-Marshall. The competition attracts teams from law schools across the country and engages numerous attorneys, judges, and magistrates to serve as volunteer judges for briefs and oral arguments. Law students experience a one-of–a kind opportunity to develop and refine their advocacy skills through briefing and presenting oral arguments related to arguing case scenarios involving timely, complex, and challenging issues in family law. Legal professionals gain an opportunity to provide mentorship and encouragement to the students, while also furthering their own substantive knowledge of the legal issues involved in the case. 
  • The 29th Annual Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition, Thursday, March 2 – Saturday, March 4, 2017 to be held at the Albany Law School in Albany, N.Y. Melissa Bilancini, Benjamin Fuchs, and Alanna Guy will be representing Cleveland-Marshall. The Gabrielli Competition gives second-year students the opportunity to practice written and oral advocacy skills in an intramural competition. The subject matter for the competition encompasses a broad range of current issues of social and legal importance.
  • The 30th Annual August A. Rendigs, Jr. National Moot Court Competition, Thursday, March 23 through March 26, 2017 in Cincinnati. Competing for Cleveland-Marshall will be Rachel Byrnes, Madelyn Grant, and Aaron Host. The competition is the only national competition devoted to products liability law. The competition honors Mr. August A. Rendigs, Jr. (1895-1988), one of Cincinnati’s most respected trial lawyers.
  • 2017 Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition, hosted by the University at Buffalo School of Law, Saturday, April 1, 2017. Cleveland-Marshall law students, Brittany Mallow and Andrew Schriver will compete. Named after the drafter of the Model Penal Code, the annual Wechsler Competition is the only national moot court competition in the United States to focus on topics in substantive criminal law. Problems address the constitutionality and interpretation of federal and state criminal statutes as well as general issues in the doctrine of federal and state criminal law.

WRITING Competitions by Area of Law

Law Student Writing Competitions

A number of organizations sponsor student writing competitions. Participating in these competitions offers many rewards including the chance to contribute to the body of scholarship in a particular area of legal study, the professional recognition of your work among your peers and future employers, and often substantial financial awards.

We update this page as we receive information on new competitions. Check often. Also check for updated information on all ABA Legal Writing Competitions for 2017 at http://abaforlawstudents.com/events/law-student-competitions/writing-com...

Administrative Law

Animal Law

AntitrustLaw

Appellate Law

BankruptcyLaw

Business Law

Civil Procedure

Constitutional Law

Criminal Law

Entertainment Law

Environmental Law

Ethics and Professionalism

Evidence

Family Law

Health Law

Insurance Law

Intellectual PropertyLaw

International Law

Labor and Employment Law

Miscellaneous

Native American Law

Public Interest Law

State and Local Government

Securities Law

Tax Law

Tort Law

Trusts and Estates

 

Administrative Law

Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Contest

The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law

Affordable Housing and Community Development Writing Competition

Animal Law

Animal Law Writing Competition

Antitrust Law

Antitrust Law Writing Competition

Appellate Law

Elisenberg Prize

Bankruptcy Law

American Bankruptcy Institute Law Student Writing Competition

Business Law

Association of Securities and Exchange Commission alumni, Inc. (ASECA)

Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

Civil Procedure

International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Competition

Constitutional Law

Constance Baker Motely National Student Writing Competition

Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

American Judges Association Law Student Essay Competition

Criminal Law

Annual William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

Entertainment Law

Environmental Law

White River Environmental Law Writing Contest

Ohio Environmental Law Award: Call for Papers

Ethics and Professionalism

The Warren E. Burger Prize

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA)

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writih

Evidence

International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Competition

Family Law

Health Law

American College of Legal Medicine Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics

Health Law Writing Competition

Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical- Legal Interprofessional Collaboration

Sarah Weddinton Writing Prize

  • Law Students for Reproductive Justice
  • Award - 1st Place: $750, 2nd Place: $500, 3rd Place: $250
  • http://lsrj.org/awards/

Insurance Law

International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Competition

Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Student Writing Competition

Hon. William C. Conner Writing Competition

Robert C. Watson Award

International Law

Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition

Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition

  • Relation between unlawful use of force and the war crime of disproportionate force not justified by military necessity
  • Case Western Reserve
  • Award - 1st Place: $10,000, 2nd Place $2,500, 3rd Place: $2,500
  • Register intent to participate by emailing Michael.scharfnull@case.nulledu

The State Bar of California Law Student Writing Competition

International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition

  • The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law
  • Award - $500, one-year ASIL student membership
  • www.WCLCenterforHR.org

Labor and Employment Law

Louis Jackson Memorial National Writing Competition

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Writing Competition

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Writing Competition

Miscellaneous

AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers

Berkeley Technology Law Journal Writing Competition

Court of Federal Claims Bar Association Annual Law Student Writing Competition

H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition

Holocaust Remembrance Essay Award

Judge John R. Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

National Law Review Writing Competition

The University of Connecticut School of Law Student Writing Competition

Native American Law

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition

Public Interest Law

Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest

Securities Law

James E. Beckley Student Writing Competition

  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
  • Award - 1st Place: $1,000, 2nd Place: $750, 3rd Place: $500
  • wwpiabafoundation.org

State and Local Government

Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition

Tax Law

The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship Competition

Tort Law

Trusts and Estates

The Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition

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