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February 24, 2020

This Week’s Events

Week of February 24, 2020

All events will be held in Myron Taylor Hall unless otherwise noted. 

Monday, February 24
12:00 - 5:00 PM, The Foyer
NLG Border Crisis Fundraiser

3:30 - 4:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
LII Supreme Court Bulletin - Bulletin Buzz 

6:30 - 8:30 PM, The Statler 
Kirkland & Ellis 1L Reception

Tuesday, February 25
4:15 - 5:15 PM, Room 186
Clerkships 101: an Intro to Clerskships for 1Ls 
Join Assistant Dean Liz Peck and Associate Director Michaela Rossettie Azemi to learn more. Snacks provided. 
Please RSVP: by, February 20, 2020.

Wednesday, February 26
8:00 - 10:00 AM, The Commons 
Weekly Perk- Coffee and conversation on Wednesday from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in The Commons. Stop by for a cup! Breakfast food also provided.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Room G85
Arbitration in Sport 

2:30 – 4:30 PM, 126B Hughes Hall
Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Cornell Health Services. Counselors hold walk-in hours at sites around campus.

5:30 - 6:30 PM, The Commons 
Sullivan and Cromwell Reception with WLC and WOCC 

Thursday, February 27
4:00 - 6:00 PM, Room 186
Let's Talk Immigration - A Conversation with NIF's Executive Director Ali Noorani 

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 182
Debevoise & Plimpton Panel for 1Ls

5:30 - 7:00 PM, The Commons
Debevoise & Plimpton 1L Reception

Friday, February 28
12:40 - 1:40 PM, Room 186
International Careers & Internships Student Advice Panel

1:30 - 2:00 PM, Room 279
Let's Meditate - Let’s Meditate is a free, guided, mindfulness meditation series sponsored by Cornell Health, in collaboration with numerous campus partners.

Saturday February 29
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 186
Lambda Career Workshop

Beyond Next Week

Tuesday, March 3
12:10 - 1:10 PM, Room G90
Work Authorization Options for Summer and Post-Graduate Employment 

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room G85
"Renting in New York - A Practical Guide" Workshop and Q&A 

3:00 - 5:00 PM, Room 279
Externship/Pro Bono Scholars Information Meeting 

4:15 -5:15 PM, Room G85
Briggs Society of International Law: Access to Justice in an International Context 

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
SALSA Chai & Chat Social 

4:30 - 6:00 PM, Room 182
Practicing into Real Estate Transactions: Talk with Ruobing Chen (Paul Weiss) 

5:00 - 6:15 PM, Room 186
Protecting the Rights of People in Prison: A Discussion with David Singleton

Wednesday, March 4
5:00 - 7:30 PM, Room 184
NLG Week Against Mass Incarceration Movie Night 

6:00 - 7:00 PM, Room G85
Climate Survey Discussion for 1L's & LLM's 
Members of the Faculty Diversity Committee will be holding informal conversations about the findings of the recent law school climate survey.  Each session will be organized around your specific class year and LLM cohort.  There will also be a session for student group officers.  All are welcome to attend the appropriate session and pizza will be provided at each.  If for any reason you would prefer to discuss issues related to the survey in a different setting please feel free to contact Aziz Rana by email to arrange a time to talk:
1L's and LLM's Please RSVP:

Thursday, March 5
12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 182
Cornell India Law Center and Berger International Speaker Series: Professor Smita Narula will discuss “India’s Food Sovereignty Struggle”
Please RSVP by February 28:

4:15 - 6:15 PM, Room G90
Introduction to Corporate Deal Making- Discussion with Nancy Rubin, Counsel at Skadden Arps 

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 184
When the Rule of Law Breaks Down: Perceptions of Justice and Equality 
Speaker: Judge Bernice Donald, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Reception to follow in The Gallery. Please RSVP: by, February 28, 2020.

5:00 - 7:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
Letter Writing with NLG and Prisoner Express 

6:00 - 7:00 PM, Room 290
Climate Survey Discussion for 2L's 
Members of the Faculty Diversity Committee will be holding informal conversations about the findings of the recent law school climate survey.  Each session will be organized around your specific class year and LLM cohort.  There will also be a session for student group officers.  All are welcome to attend the appropriate session and pizza will be provided at each.  If for any reason you would prefer to discuss issues related to the survey in a different setting please feel free to contact Aziz Rana by email to arrange a time to talk:
2L's Please RSVP:

Friday, March 6 
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge 
International Women's Day Celebration 

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Room G80
Externship/Pro-Bono Scholars Information Meeting

Official Announcements

Dean's Office Hours 

Dean Peñalver will be holding office hours for students on Monday afternoons, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Students wishing to see the Dean, may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson by e-mail (, in room 263, or by phone (607-255-3539).

Law School Registrar Announcements

Spring 2020 Final Examinations
The online Deferral Request link will be available in March on the Registrar's website.  Students who have exam conflicts are reminded to notify the Law School Registrar's Office, in writing, of the conflict once the Deferral Request link becomes available.

Summer School Study
Students may petition the faculty for permission to take courses in law summer school programs of ABA-approved law schools and, upon their successful completion, to receive credit toward the Cornell J.D. degree. Such petitions are considered on an individual basis, and in no case is credit over six hours granted for all such summer school law study. For timely consideration of the petition, interested students should submit their petitions to the Law School Registrar's Office (addressed to Dean Miner) before April 1. Petition forms are available online. (

Registration with Bar Authorities
The rules of certain states (California) require either notifying the bar admission authorities of intent to begin the study of law or registering with the authorities when law studies begin. Students should obtain instructions from the proper source (usually the state board of bar examiners or the clerk of the court of highest jurisdiction) in the state in which they intend to practice. Failure to comply with the instructions may substantially delay admission to the bar. You can find more information on the National Conference of Bar Examiners website:

Registration for Bar Exams
Deadlines for bar examination applications may be approaching. You can find more information on the National Conference of Bar Examiners website:

Deadlines for jurisdictions popular with CLS graduates:
NY: April 30 (application opens April 1)
CA: April 1
DC: May 2
MA: 75 days prior to exam
TX: deadline was Febraury 1, late file is May 1
FL: May 1

Bar Applications Requiring Fingerprinting
NY does not require fingerprinting. Not all State bar applications require fingerprinting. Fingerprinting is available on campus at the Public Safety Office, G-2 Barton Hall, 24 hours a day. You will need to take the fingerprint card with you, and two forms of picture ID.

Law Library Announcements

After Hours Policy: The Law Library is accessible to members of the law community 24/7 via electronic key access.  The hours for the circulation desk are posted on the website:  Students are asked to keep their IDs with law stickers showing at closing time so as to not be disturbed by staff doing rounds to ensure that undergraduates do not stay in the library after hours, or during the exam and study periods.  If a law students needs a new sticker or did not get a sticker during orientation, they can inquire at the circulation desk.

Graduate Legal Studies/LL.M Students

Save the Date
A cocktail reception celebrating General LL.M. and J.S.D. commencement will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM at the Statler Hotel Carrier Ballroom. An official invitation with a link to R.S.V.P. will be sent later this semester.

Office of Global Learning Presentation - - Work Authorization Options for F-1 visa holders: Summer and Post-graduation Employment
Date: Tuesday, March 3
Time: 12:10 – 1:10 PM
Location: Myron Taylor Hall, Rm G90
Open to all international students.  No RSVP necessary. A complete list of immigration workshops is available on the Office of Global Learning Website:

Office of Global Learning Tax Information
The Office of Global Learning – International Services’ Tax prep website has information on U.S. taxes and how to file: 

Housing Extension
If you are currently living in Cornell University housing and would like to either extend your lease or terminate your lease early, you must contact the Housing & Dining Contracts Office  While an accommodation is not guaranteed, you should send your request to or call 607-255-5368 as soon as possible.

Spring 2020 Externship/Pro Bono Scholars Program Information

Any student interested in participating in the Externship Program or the Pro Bono Scholars Program must first attend an informational meeting.  Meetings will be held on the following dates and times:

Tues, March 3rd 3:00 p.m. in Room 279
*Fri, March 6th 11:00 a.m. in Room G80
Mon, March 23rd  6:00 p.m. in Room G81
Fri, April 10th  11:00 a.m. in Room G81
Mon, April 20th  6:00 p.m. in Room G81

*In addition at the March 6 meeting, an attorney from the US Attorney’s Office, NDNY (Syracuse) will be present to discuss working in that office either during the school year or during the summer.  Interested students may apply before March 6th and the attorney may be able to arrange to interview applicants on March 6th. 

Campus/Community Resources

Let's Talk

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Cornell Health Services. Counselors hold walk-in hours at sites around campus Monday through Friday. Speaking with a counselor can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources.

When: Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. 
Where: Hughes Hall, Room 126B
No appointment necessary. Just drop in.

Link for additional hours and locations:

Academic Support

Office Hours Week of February 24 (126F Hughes Hall Dean of Students Suite):
Monday:                   11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday:                   11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday:             11:00—12:00 p.m.
Thursday:                 11:00—12:00 p.m. 
Friday:                       By Appointment Only 

Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;  
To make an appointment online, please use the scheduling website:

Academic Peer Advisor Office Hours:

Tayler Woelcke                 Monday 11:15—12:15  G26 HH
Alizah Charaniya               Monday 12:15—1:15    G26 HH
Julia Hollreiser                  Wednesday 11:15—12:15  G26 HH
Zach Sporn                        Wednesday 4:30—5:30  G26 HH
Nathalie Greenfield            Thursday 9:00—10:00  G80 HH
Lily Coad                             Thursday 11:15—12:15  G26 HH
Emily Szopinski                 Thursday 12:20—1:20  G26 HH

“I don’t need time, I need a deadline.”  --Duke Ellington.  I have a love/hate relationship with pesky deadlines.  Deadlines can make me feel incredibly stressed at times—desperate to accomplish a task before the clock runs out.  But, also incredibly, I seem to produce my best work on tasks that require a deadline.  Why?  I know that I have limited time, so I prioritize tasks and set goals to accomplish intermediate tasks along the way.  Ultimately, knowing when something big is due—like your Lawyering memo—allows you to take control of both the project and the process.  But what about tasks that don’t have deadlines?  Like, for example, outlining, studying, and reviewing for exams—things that you have to do simultaneously with your Lawyering deadline and class preparation?  You really have to set your own deadlines, and now is the perfect time to start setting deadlines to incorporate heavy review, outlining, and practice/application into your schedule. 

Look at the calendar for the rest of the semester (I have some in my office if you need one).  Plan what you want to accomplish between now and the next 8 weeks of class—your list might include “review material,” “complete outlines,” “quiz myself,” or “take practice exams.” Your Lawyering memo is due March 27, so that deadline is fixed.  Add in the intermediate tasks to get there—when do you want your first draft/second draft/final draft completed?  Do the same for the other big tasks—while you might want your outlines to be up-to-date by April 6, you need to set intermediate tasks to get there, like doing a “deep dive” on the first four weeks in a specific class and just starting that outline.  How many old practice tests do you want to take before exams?  Write down a false “deadline” for when you will take each test. What do you want to accomplish each day during spring break?  Plan it out.  Giving normal tasks (and the necessary intermediate steps) a deadline will help you manage the time you have left in this semester.  If you need help setting deadlines and goals for yourself, please come talk to me.  I’m happy to help. 

Name Pronunciation

We are pleased to announce a new initiative that we believe all members of our community will find helpful. We want to be respectful by pronouncing your name correctly. Help us do so by recording your full name (preferred first name_surname) on your mobile phone or computer in .mp3 format. For consistency and the ability to match the recording to your record, you must save the file by netID (example: abc123.mp3). Once you have recorded and saved the file, upload it to:

Legal Careers

From the Career Services Office

*Please let us know if you need any accommodations to attend our programs*

1L Students:
Diversity Fellowships:

Spring Law Firm Programs: During the course of this spring semester, a number of law firms will host events to introduce you to their people, practice areas, and summer programs. Most events consist of a presentation and reception; you are welcome to attend one or both. You will receive more information about each via email:

Kirkland & Ellis: Monday, February 24th, 6:30pm – Statler Hotel

Debevoise & Plimpton: Thursday, February 27st 4:30pm – 182 MTH
Reception to follow in the Commons, 5:30pm
RSVP to Kevin LaMura,

Paul Weiss: Tuesday, March 3rd, 6:00pm – Johnson Museum of Art

Weil Gotshal: Wednesday, March 4th , 6:30pm  – Johnson Museum of Art
RSVP via this link :

Cahill Gordon: Tuesday, March 10th, 4:30pm – 186 MTH
Reception to follow in the Common, 5:30pm
RSVP to Noelle Fletcher,

Gunderson Dettmer: Thursday, March 12th , 4:30pm – G85
Discussion about emerging companies, venture capital and corporate and IP/tech transactions.
Reception to follow in the Student Lounge, 5:30pm
RSVP to Colleen McNulty, 

Paul Hastings: Monday, March 16th, 4:30pm – 184 MTH
Reception to follow in the Commons, 5:30pm

Weil: Wednesday, March 18th , 11:00-2:00pm  – Student Lounge
Open House Lunch

Gibson Dunn: Thursday, March 19th , 4:30pm – 184
Reception to follow in the Commons, 5:30pm
RSVP Nana Nyantakyi,

Davis Polk: Wednesday, April 15th, 6:30 PM, Agava 
Shuttles will be available to and from Agava 

2L & 3L Students:
Renting in New York City - Presented by Cooper & Cooper Real Estate: 
Tuesday, March 3rd - G85, 12:15
Will you be living in New York City during your 2L summer or upon graduation? Want to find a safe and clean apartment within your budget? Confused about all the different living options? Join Jeremy and Jordan Cooper for a detailed presentation about how to effectively search for a place to live in New York City. Pizza lunch provided. RSVP at

All Students:
New York Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (NYIPLEF) Scholarship
Diversity scholarship opportunity in the amount of $10,000.00 for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Completed application must be received by Wednesday, March 25, 2020. It is available online:

Positions Available

The Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic seeks law student summer interns to support ongoing case work for the summer of 2020. The Clinic’s docket is comprised of immigration and employment cases on behalf of farmworkers in upstate New York and beyond. We anticipate that students will have the opportunity to engage in client interviewing, legal research, case theory development, and other work related to our ongoing cases during the summer. Students will also be able to participate in any outreach to farmworker communities and other events with community partners as such opportunities arise, as well as any court hearings that may be scheduled over the summer. Because of the Clinic’s client base, Spanish proficiency is an added benefit, but is not required, as interpreters will be available. Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Briana Beltran at

The First Amendment Clinic at Cornell Law School invites applications for its 2020 Summer Fellowships. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The Fellowship will run from May 18 to July 31, 2020, with some flexibility as to start and end dates. Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible. These are paid positions, with a salary of $15.63/hour. If the fellows are Cornell Law students, the fellows will be expected to use their public interest fellowship funds to cover a portion of the costs of their summers. Interested students should email a cover letter, a resume, a writing sample stating the degree of review and editing it was given, transcript, and contact information for two references to (Transcripts, if not immediately available, can be sent after the initial application, but before the submission deadline.) The final deadline to submit application materials is March 30, 2020. Early applications are encouraged.

Complainants' Advisor Position - The Complainants' Advisors offer procedural advice to individuals who have or may have an experience falling within Cornell’s Policy 6.4 on Sexual and Gender Based Violence, as well as experiences falling within Policy 6.4 on Prohibited Discrimination.  These policies include experiences of dating violence, sexual or gender based harassment, sexual assault, and protected class discrimination. Our office is currently looking to hire three 1L students for two-year paid contracts starting Fall 2020. Come learn more about the position, the process of filing a complaint, and how to apply for the position. All students are welcome to attend—even if not applying for the CA position—especially if they have questions about how Cornell’s system works. All 1Ls who will be on campus for their entire 2L and 3L years are welcome to apply, even if you cannot attend the information sessions. Please feel free to reach out to or with any questions. 

Hiring J.D. student Teaching Assistants - - Introduction to the American Legal System 
The Graduate Legal Studies office seeks several JD students to serve as Teaching Assistants for the introductory LLM course being offered in the two weeks before school starts (commencing August 10th).  The course – Introduction to the American Legal System – will run from August 10th to August 24th, and your presence will be required some hours each day (both in and outside of class) during that time frame.  It will be a fun and rewarding way to get to know the incoming General LL.M. class and work with Professor Kong.  TAs will conduct small section sessions, comment on papers, and meet with students.  If interested, please send an email, explaining your interest, with a copy of your résumé attached to

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is looking to hire a Seasonal Admissions Recruiter!  
 This position is from September-November 2020, includes all travel costs and salary. The recruiter does not need to live in Ithaca. If you are interested in this position or would like further details, please email Director Michael Cummings at If you love Cornell Law School and enjoy traveling, this may be a great position for you

Research Assistance: Professor Chantal Thomas is seeking research assistance on a variety of topics in the international law and political economy. Tasks may include helping to identify and obtain primary and secondary research materials; drafting summary memoranda on particular research questions; and assisting with citations. Interested parties may write to Amanda S. Gallagher,

Professor William Jacobson seeks a Research Assistant to assist in updating and proofing the Securities Arbitration Desk Reference (Thomson Reuters), of which he is co-author, for the upcoming 2020-2021 Edition. Work should start soon and must be completed by the end of May. This is a paid position at the law school student research rate. Please email Prof. Jacobson (waj24) if you are interested or have questions

Professor Yale-Loehr needs some research assistants this summer to help update his immigration law treatise. Prior exposure to immigration law is helpful but not required. Pay is at the standard law school rate. This is an excellent job for a bright 1L.  If interested, please email a transcript, resume and writing sample to Professor Yale-Loehr at Please also indicate your dates of availability. The job is full-time, so students interested in attending the Paris or other summer law programs need not apply. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants should apply as soon as possible.

Paid Summer Jobs at the LII:   The Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School is hiring law students to improve the materials in its WEX collection.  WEX is a free online legal reference that aims to provide the general public with straightforward and viewpoint-neutral explanations of legal topics and issues.  Summer work can be performed from anywhere--there's no need to stay in Ithaca.  Please contact LII Co-Director Craig Newton ( for more information.

The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide seeks to hire a student for a paid, part-time research position during the Spring Term, with the potential to remain involved past the end of the semester. The student researcher will contribute to the Alice Project, an initiative that focuses on capital punishment and gender (more information is available here). The ideal candidate will have strong legal research and writing skills and a demonstrated commitment to human rights, gender rights, the abolition of the death penalty, and/or criminal justice reform. Foreign language skills (particularly French, Arabic, or Farsi) would be an asset but are not required. Applicants should send a cover letter and a CV or resume to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

The Translator-Interpreter Program(TIP) is a student-run program of the Cornell Public Service Center that trains bilingual and multilingual Cornell students to serve as volunteer translators/interpreters for community agencies in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Certified by Cornell language professors, our volunteer translators and interpreters have been serving over 300 community agencies since 2000.  TIP is currently seeking law-student volunteers.

The first step in becoming a volunteer translator/interpreter is to attend one of our Volunteer Training Sessions:
March 9th, 5:00-6:30 PM at Kennedy 213 
April 7th, 5:00-6:30 PM at Kennedy 213

If you would like to learn more about our program, check us out on our CampusGroups website or email us at

General Announcements

Berger Summer Fellowship Program 

Eligible applicants: All J.D., LL.M. and J.S.D. students, with a preference to those with a demonstrated interest in international or comparative legal studies
Grant amount and fellowship duration: Pro-rated, based on length of internships up to 8 weeks (e.g., $2500 for 4 weeks; $5000 for 8 weeks). Students should specify their desired length of stay in their application.
Application instructions:
Students are expected to find internship placements themselves, in advance of applying. Once a placement is found, submit the following materials by email attachment to Monday, April 6, 2020, with the subject line Berger Summer Fellowships.
i. Your resume
ii. Your transcript (you may send this via Cornell dropbox for heightened security)
iii. A cover letter that includes the following:

  • Describe the organization or agency, the legal work it does, and the clients it serves.  Include the web site address, and, if available, a description of the summer legal internship program. Please also explain how your work will engage international or comparative law.
  • Your desired length of stay at the organization.
  • Discuss your motivation for applying.  Describe how a public international summer internship with the particular employer you will work for (or hope to work for) facilitates your long-term legal career goals.
  • Any other information that you feel is relevant.

Application Deadline: April 6, 2020

Summer Fellowships - Cornell Law School’s Women & Justice Collection at the Legal Information Institute 

Cornell Law School’s Women & Justice Collection at the Legal Information Institute is seeking two full-time summer 2020 fellows. Fellows will receive funding for an internship in gender justice advocacy in Cape Town, South Africa, for up to eight weeks. Fellows will have the opportunity to gain field research experience in southern Africa as well as in-office legal experience. To inquire further and for details on how to apply, please contact the Collection's Advocacy and Research Director, Jocelyn Hackett ( 1Ls are encouraged to apply. Students planning to split their summers should send their proposed schedule.

22nd Annual Health Law Writing Competition

The Epstein Becker Green 22nd Annual Health Law Writing Competition is open to J.D. and L.L.M. candidates who are currently attending a U.S. law school or who attended a U.S. law school during the school year ending in May/June 2019. Information about the Health Law Writing Competition, including competition rules and submission forms, may be found at:
Application Deadline: February 28, 2020

2019-2020 American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition

This year’s American Indian Law Review national writing competition is now welcoming papers from students at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada.  Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.  Three cash prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.  Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook copy of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis. For further information on eligibility, entry requirements, and judging criteria, visit the AILR writing competition website at
Application Deadline: February 28, 2020

Mendrzycki Essay Contest 

The American Bar Association presents the Ed Mendrzycki essay contest, sponsored by the Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability of the American Bar Association. Interested students should visit the website for more information and instructions on how to apply:
 Application Deadline: March 6, 2020

Honorable Charles L. Brieant, Jr. Fellowship

The fellowship is open to all first year (1L) students and second year (2L) students as of spring 2020 semester enrolled in a law school in the State of New York. Application link:
Application Deadline: March 20, 2020

Sixth Annual Elder and Special Needs Law Journal Writing Competition

The Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association is pleased to announce their annual writing competition, for all students attending an accredited ABA law school within New York State. For more information on how to apply, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 
Application Deadline: March 22, 2020

NYIPLEF's Diversity Scholarship 

NYIPLEF’s 2020 Diversity Scholarship provides funds to diverse law students currently enrolled at an accredited law school in the New York area, in good academic standing, and demonstrating intent to engage in the full-time practice of intellectual property law. The scholarship is intended to be used by the law student for tuition and expenses related to attending law school. To be considered for this year’s diversity scholarship, the completed application must be received by Wednesday, March 25, 2020. It is available online:  
Application Deadline: March 25, 2020

Berkeley Technology Law Journal 2020 Writing Competition

Now accepting submissions from law students on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of law and technology, including but not limited to: technology and the public interest, privacy, internet law, intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment issues, entertainment and news media, telecommunications, biotechnology, and cybercrime. The first prize winner will receive $1,000 and be published in the Spring 2021 issue, if the Note meets BTLJ's publication standards. Additional prizes are available. Information to apply can be found on their website:
Application Deadline: March 30, 2020

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition 

Any current student at an American or Canadian law school may submit an essay (minimum of ten pages and maximum of fifty pages) on any legal ethics topic. The essays that are submitted to the competition will be judged on their clarity, coherence, creativity, insight, and mastery of the rules and cases relevant to the topic of the essay in question. Information can also be found at the following website:
Application Deadline: April 24, 2020

2020 Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

Each year, the American Bar Association Section of Family Law conducts an essay contest to encourage law students to think about current issues in family law, and to encourage participation in the Section of Family Law. Students may write on any aspect of family law. The contest is open to second and third-year full-time J.D. students (and second through fourth-year part-time J.D. students) of all ABA-approved law schools, and to first year J.D. students where family law is taught as part of the first year curriculum. More information can be found on the essay contest webpage:
Application Deadline: April 24, 2020

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation 27th Annual Brown Award 

The Award honors excellence in legal writing in American law schools. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B degree is eligible to submit a paper for the Award. Information about the award can be found at the following website:
Application Deadline: May 29, 2020

Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition 

The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2020 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2019. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible. More information and details of the competition can be found on their website:
Application Deadline: June 15, 2020

2020 Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence. Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and be published in the South Carolina Law Review. Rules for the competition are available on the American Inns of Court website:
Application Deadline: July 1, 2020