Writing Competitions and Scholarships
Law Student Writing Competitions
2013 Bert W. Levit Essay Contest
This year's contest hypothetical involves questions about a law firm's potential malpractice exposure. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of $5,000, as well as an all expense paid trip to New Orleans, LA in April 2013, which will include free admission to the Committee's National Legal Malpractice Conference. Entries must be received either electronically or postmarked by February 22, 2013. Contest tules and information, as well as the contest hypothetical are posted online at http://bit.ly/Levit2013.
2013 Affordable Housing and Community Development Writing Competition
The paper as judged by the selection committee will be awarded a prize of $1,000 and a trip to attend the Forum's Annual Conference, May 22-24,2013, in Washington, D.C., airfare and lodging included*. Deadline for submission is March 8, 2013. All details are available online.
James B. Boskey Law Student Essay Contest on Dispute Resolution
The purpose of the competition is to create greater interest in the field of dispute resolution among all law students of the nation, particularly the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. First prize is a $1000. The deadline for submission is June 14, 2013. Additional details are available online
The Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Section is seeking papers written by law students who are attending law school in Virginia or are residents of Virginia attending law school outside of Virginia and relating to an intellectual property law issue or the practice of intellectual property law. The winner receives a cash prize of $4,000. The judge of the final round of the competitor is the Honorable Richard Linn, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 24, 2013 at 4:00 EDT. Additional details are available online.
International Association of Defense Counsel 2013 Legal Writing Contest
Entrants must write on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation. The contest is judged by a committee of the IADC. Additional details are available online.
2012 Law Student Scholarship Opportunities
The Richard Linn American Inn of Court 2012-2013 Mark T. Banner Scholarship for Law Students. Eligible to all law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA accredited law school in the U.S. and who will continue in that program through the fall semester 2013. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:
• Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law. An ability to demonstrate commitment to the pursuit of a career in intellectual property is an essential requirement;
• Commitment, qualities, and actions toward ethics, civility, and professionalism;
• Academic merit;
• Written and oral communication skills determined in part through a telephone interview;
• Leadership qualities and community involvement;
• Member of a historically under represented group in IP law (ncluding race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability).
The Donald W. Banner Scholarship is open to all students currently enrolled in an American Bar Association accredited law school and pursuing a career in intellectual property law. The applicant must be a member of a historically under represented group (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability) and must have exemplary writing and oral communication skills.
The purpose of the Adam Lischer Memorial Scholarship Award fund, created in 2003, is to provide financial assistance to residents or natives of Durham County who are attending law schools in North Carolina. To date 20 scholarships have been awarded, to students representing most of our NC law schools. The Awards are awarded based on three criteria: connection to Durham County, financial need, and professional or academic achievement. Please note that two letters of recommendation and an academic transcript are required for consideration by the Awards Committee. The deadline is March 15, 2013.
The Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association Foundation is pleased to announce establishment of the Elizabeth Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500.00 to be awarded in May 2013 to a deserving second year law student who demonstrates a strong interest in practicing law in the public service/public interest sector in the South Hampton Roads area of Virginia, and who meets the criteria established by the Selection Committee. The deadline for the application is March 25, 2013.