Writing & Scholarship Opportunities

2013-2014 Annual Writing Competition
Judge Phyllis Kravitch Award
2014 Law Student Diversity Scholarship
Intellectual Property Law Scholarships
Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of GA
International Association of Defense Counsel
ABA Legal Opportunity
2014 Mike Eidson Scholarship
2014 Mike Eidson Scholarship
Technology Law Writing Contest
 

2013-2014 Annual Writing Competition

2013-2014 Law Student Writing Competition The United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association conducts an annual Law Student Writing Competition. The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is a non-profit, voluntary bar association made up of nationwide members who practice law before of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The goal of this competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics that fall within the jurisprudence of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The winning entry in the competition will receive a $2,000 cash prize and an opportunity to be published via the Association’s website. The United States Court of Federal Claims was created pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution in October 1982, by the Federal Courts Improvement Act. The court is authorized to hear primarily money claims founded upon the Constitution, federal statutes, executive regulations, or contracts with the United States. The cases before the court are diverse and involve a variety of statutes. They include claims arising from tax refunds, government contracts, Fifth Amendment takings (which can implicate environmental and natural resource issues), Federal procurement “bid-protests,” Federal civilian and military personnel matters, intellectual property disputes, Native American tribal rights, and the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Entries to the contest may address any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The rules of the contest are posted here. Entry deadline for the 2013-14 academic year is 11:59 PM July 18, 2014.
(Posted on 04/01/14)

Judge Phyllis Kravitch Award

Judge Phyllis Kravitch Award The Savannah Bar Association is awarding the Judge Phyllis Kravitch award. The award provides $1,000 to a rising 2nd or 3rd year law student from Chatham County, Georgia. The application deadline is March 31, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. The applicant will need a copy of their undergraduate and law school transcript; LSAT score; two letters of recommendations; and a statement of financial aid/scholarships applied for and receiving. Please see Leah Akin in the Admissions Office for a copy of the application as well as other rules.
(Posted on 02/20/14)

2014 Law Student Diversity Scholarship

2014 Law Student Diversity Scholarship Application The DRI is hosting it’s annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014. This scholarship is open to rising second and third year: African American, Hsipanic, Asian, and Native American students. It is also open to all female students regardless of race or ethnicity and any other rising 2nd and 3rd year students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) are not eligible for the Scholarship. The DRI will award two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 to the applicants who best meet these criteria: demonstrate academic excellence; service to the profession; service to the community; service to the cause of diversity. Also, the applicant must have 3 letters of recommendation and a cover letter. Please see Leah Akin in the Admissions Office for more information and a copy of the application.
(Posted on 02/20/14)

Intellectual Property Law Scholarships

Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarships The Sidney B. Williams Intellectual Property Law Scholarship is administered by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The scholarship is for $10,000 per school year and is renewable, upon reapplication by the student, for up to three academic years. To be eligible an applicant must either be attending or plan to attend law school in the Fall of 2014. Also, the student must show a demonstrated commitment to a career in intellectual property law; high academic performance; have a financial need; and general factors such as leadership skills, community, activities, or special accomplishments. Applications must be in by March 14, 2014. Please see Leah Aiken in the admissions office for more information, guidelines, and an application.
(Posted on 02/20/14)

Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of GA

Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia The Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia is awarding the Exemplary Real Property Law Student Award. This award will be granted to either a 2nd or 3rd year law student at each of the accredited Georgia law schools. The student must have ties to Georgia or an intent to practice here, they must have an interest in real estate, and must complete a biographical paragraph establishing both of those things. The amount awarded it determined by the Executive Committee, but is no less then $1,000. Please see Leah Akin in the Admissions Office for more information.
(Posted on 02/20/14)

International Association of Defense Counsel

International Association of Defense Counsel The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) is hosting it’s 2014 Legal Writing Contest. This is open to all students who attend an accredited law school. All entries must by a single author, not previously published, and they may cover only tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, or other areas of practical concern to lawyers engaging in the defense of civil litigation. There is a suggested word limit of 12,000 words but there is no actual page limit to the work. First place prize will be $2,000, second place $1,000, third place $500. All winners will receive a commemorative plaque and their articles will be made available for publication in the Defense Counsel Journal. The judges may also award honorable mentions and may be considered for publication. All entries must be received on or before Friday, May 16, 2014. Please see Leah Aiken in the Admissions office for Contest Guidelines and Application.
(Posted on 02/20/14)

ABA Legal Opportunity

ABA Legal Opportunity The ABA is awarding a Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund for the 2014-2015 academic year. This scholarship will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually for each recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. Twenty awards will be made to entering first-year students and can be renewed for two additional years. Recipients will be selected based on their qualifications for the scholarship. This scholarship is meant to encourage and enable those students who would not otherwise have the financial ability to attend law school. Only students entering as a first a year in the 2014 academic year are eligible. The applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 out of a 4.0. The Deadline for applications is March 3, 2014. Please email Leah Aiken at aiken_lm@law.mercer.edu for more information and an application
(Posted on 02/20/14)

2014 Mike Eidson Scholarship

APPLICATION FOR THE AAJ WOMEN FOR JUSTICE EDUCATION FUND’S MIKE EIDSON SCHOLARSHIP 2014 As the world’s largest trial bar, AAJ promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims’ rights—particularly the right to trial by jury—and strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety. AAJ fights daily to protect the civil justice system against corporations and powerful individuals. The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it. The scholarship, traditionally in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. If you are interested in submitting an application to be considered for this scholarship, or wish to nominate someone for this scholarship, complete this form and return to Catherine Rodman Fiedler, by mail at: AAJ Education, 777 6th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20001, or by email at: catherine.rodman@justice.org by May 1, 2014. 1. Name: 2. Contact Info Mailing Address (include an address where you can be reached during the summer): Telephone: E-mail address: 3. Law School Name: Graduation Date: 4. Attach a brief letter explaining your interest in a career as a trial lawyer, and your dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and how you have demonstrated same. 5. Describe, if applicable, any challenges and/or hardships you have faced in your pursuit of a career as a trial lawyer MERIT 6. List any awards or honors you have earned in law school. 7. List your law school activities. 8. Attach a current resume. CERTIFICATION I hereby certify that the information contained herein is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that this information may be shared with scholarship donors during the scholarship selection process. I support AAJ’s mission, am dedicated to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution of the U.S., and am committed to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. Date: Signature:
(Posted on 02/07/14)

2014 Mike Eidson Scholarship

APPLICATION FOR THE AAJ WOMEN FOR JUSTICE EDUCATION FUND’S MIKE EIDSON SCHOLARSHIP 2014 As the world’s largest trial bar, AAJ promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims’ rights—particularly the right to trial by jury—and strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety. AAJ fights daily to protect the civil justice system against corporations and powerful individuals. The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it. The scholarship, traditionally in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. If you are interested in submitting an application to be considered for this scholarship, or wish to nominate someone for this scholarship, complete this form and return to Catherine Rodman Fiedler, by mail at: AAJ Education, 777 6th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20001, or by email at: catherine.rodman@justice.org by May 1, 2014. 1. Name: 2. Contact Info Mailing Address (include an address where you can be reached during the summer): Telephone: E-mail address: 3. Law School Name: Graduation Date: 4. Attach a brief letter explaining your interest in a career as a trial lawyer, and your dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and how you have demonstrated same. 5. Describe, if applicable, any challenges and/or hardships you have faced in your pursuit of a career as a trial lawyer MERIT 6. List any awards or honors you have earned in law school. 7. List your law school activities. 8. Attach a current resume. CERTIFICATION I hereby certify that the information contained herein is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that this information may be shared with scholarship donors during the scholarship selection process. I support AAJ’s mission, am dedicated to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution of the U.S., and am committed to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. Date: Signature:
(Posted on 02/07/14)

Technology Law Writing Contest

Friends of IT-Lex, who are also law students (JD or LLM) in good standing at an ABA accredited law school, can enter the technology law writing contest, sponsored by the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP.  First place will receive $6000.00 and the opportunity to speak at the Innovate Conference on October 9-10 of 2014, second place $2,000.00, and third place $1000.00 - plus the prize-winners will be published in the IT-Lex Journal, and will receive invitations to become write-on Members of IT-Lex.

The submission deadline is Friday, May 2, 2014

Submissions must be (1) 5,000-7,500 words including footnotes, (2) in Word format, formatted with double-spaced body text and footnotes rather than endnotes, (3) conformed to the 19th edition of The Bluebook.  For your article to be considered, please make sure all three of these requirement are met.

For more information and how to apply, please visit: www.it-lex.org/writing-contest

(Posted on 01/30/14)