Legal Essay Writing Competition 2012 Calendar

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U. of Iowa J. of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems Trandafir Writing Competition

Caroline Thompson (Lina) won the international law-focused writing competition for her capstone, Ethical Consumerism as a Human Rights Enforcement Mechanism: The Coffee Cultivation Model. She will be published in Spring 2015 and won a cash prize.

ABA Public Land Law & Policy Writing Competition

Nick Lawton, Environmental & Natrual Resources Law LL.M. student, won second prize for his seminar paper on, “Utah’s Transfer of Public Lands Act: Demanding a Gift of Federal Lands.” The win earned him a stipend and an invitation to the ABA’s Public Land conference in New Mexico 2014.

ABA Energy Law Student Writing Competition

Rob Molinelli was named the first-place winner in the 2011-2012 Energy Law Writing Competition sponsored by the ABA.  His paper focused on one aspect of a recent decision by a federal district court in California that struck down California’s low carbon fuel standard under dormant Commerce Clause. His paper will be published in an upcoming ABA joint energy/environmental/finance law publication in June 2012.

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition 

Rebecca C. Guiao, 3L, was named the first-place winner in the 2011-2012 American Indian Law Review Writing Competition.  The law review is from the University of Oklahoma and it runs an annual Indian law writing competition.  Her paper is entitled:  “How Tribal Water Rights Are Won in the West: Three Case Studies from the Northwest.”  Her paper will be published by the law review and has won $1000.

Davis Wright Tremaine International Writing Award

First Prize:  Rachel Buker’s article entitled “Customary International Law: An Alternative Theory for the Repartriation of Stolen and Illegally Exported Cultural Property”, won the 2009 first place award on the topic of international law.  The  writing competition award for first place is a $2000 stipend provided by the generosity of Davis Wright Termaine LLP.  

2009 NYU Environmental Essay Contest

Tarah Heinzen’s article about addressing air pollution from factory farms will be published in NYU Enviromental Law Journal this summer. It was selected through a competition she entered in December. Here’s a link to the competition announcement (PDF).

1st Prize in ASCAP’s Burkan Copyright Competition

Recent Lewis & Clark Law School graduate, Ms. Melanie E. Kebler, won 1st Prize in the Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition with her essay entitled “Copyright Legislation Challenges and the First Amendment: Eldred’s Opening and a New Direction for Copyright Law Evaluation.”

Publication in the Defense Counsel Journal

Dorothy Schmidt won the International Association of Defense Counsel legal writing contest. Her paper will be published in the Defense Counsel Journal.

Publication in NAELA Journal

Jerry Carleton won publication of his paper in the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Student Journal.

National Writing Honor

Tami Santelli won a cash prize in the Pacific Legal Foundation writing contest.

AILR Writing Competition Winner

Student Michael Lawrence won the American Indian Law Review writing competition.

      Phanor J. Eder Prize in Comparative Law

On behalf of the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law, would like to congratulate Philip Thoennes as the first runner-up winner from competitors around the world.

 The article must have a publication date of the previous year even if it actually printed at a later date. The article may have appeared in any publication printed at your law school, including law reviews and journals, and may be a note, a comment, or an article.

The subject of the article can be devoted to any legal topic.

The length of the article is not limited.

Only one article may be submitted on behalf of a law school.

Only deans or their designees may nominate an applicant.

At least one author or coauthor must have been enrolled in the calendar year when the article was published.

Coauthors are permitted. Please provide the name, address, telephone number, fax and email of each contributing author.

This completed nomination form together with a copy of the article should be submitted online at and must be received by February 20, 2013. If mailed, the nomination form must still be filled out online and two hard copies must be sent.

Please note: A 150 word narrative biographical summary written in the third person will be required for each winner together with a color photo. While competition is very keen, for convenience purposes, the bio and photo can be submitted electronically at the time of the application.

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