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March 9, 2020

This Week’s Events

Week of March 9, 2020

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

Monday, March 9
12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 285
Berger International Speaker Series, Gender Justice Clinic, and Cornell Law Veterans Association present Stephanie Schroeder, Director of Eyes Right Veteran’s Foundation, who will discuss “Bringing Human Rights Home: Addressing Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military”
Please RSVP by March 3:

12:30 - 1:30 PM, Room G90
Being a Video Game Lawyer 

5:00 - 7:00 PM, Room 186
WOCC Elections

Tuesday, March 10
4:00 - 5:30 PM, Room G85
Camille J. Mackler, Esq. Director if Immigration Legal Policy and New York Immigration Coalition 

4:30 - 6:00 PM, Room 277
Introduction to Law & Political Economy 

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 290
Writing Competition How-To 

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 184
Emerging Markets, the Rule of Law and Sovereign Debt 

Wednesday, March 11 
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.

11:00 - 11:45 AM, Saperston Student Lounge 
Coffee & Conversations with the Dean 

12:00 - 1:00 PM, Room G85
A Comparative Perspective on Sex-Selective Abortions 

12:30 - 1:30 PM, Room 276
Discussion on Managing Business Risk 

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.

4:00 - 6:30 PM, Room G90
Kirkland & Ellis LLP: Crash Course in Private Equity 

4:45 - 6:00 PM, Room 182
2020 Democratic Primaries 

6:00 - 7:00 PM, Room 184
Climate Survey Discussion for 3Ls
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:
3Ls Please RSVP:

Thursday, March 12
9:00 - 10:00 AM, Room 182
Practicing International Tax: Talk with Grace Sur Smith 

9:00 AM - 7:00 PM, The Commons
Giving Day 2020 - Day of Gratitude and Giving

12:00 - 1:00 PM, Room G85
A Comparative Perspective on Sex-Selective Abortions 

3:30 - 4:30 PM, Room G90
Joint Journal Writing Competition Introduction Session

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room G85 
Startups and Venture Capital with Gunderson Dettmer & BLS 

5:30 - 6:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
Gunderson Dettmer & BLS Reception 

Friday, March 13
1:00 - 2:00 PM, Room G90
Moot Court Information Session 

1:30 - 2:00 PM, Room 276
Let's Meditate - Let’s Meditate is a free, guided, mindfulness meditation series sponsored by Cornell Health, in collaboration with numerous campus partners.

2:00 - 4:00 PM, Room 184
ILJ Symposium 

Saturday, March 14
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Room 390
Internal Mock Trial Tournament: Finals 

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Room 184
JLPP Accelerated Writing Competition 

Beyond Next Week

Monday, March 16
3:30 - 4:30 PM, Room 276
National Security Law Society Elections 

3:30 - 4:30 PM, Room 186
Reproductive Healthcare: Indian Health Service and Beyond

Tuesday, March 17
4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 186
Briggs Society of International Law Elections

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 277
CALSA Elections 

6:00 - 9:00 PM, Room G90
Lambda Law Association Elections 

6:30 - 8:30 PM, Room 182
Federalist Society Elections

Wednesday, March 18
12:00 - 2:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
Weil Gotshal 1L Open House 

2:30 - 3:30 PM, Room 276
Judicial Powers: Art. I v. Art. III

4:30 - 5:45, Room 390, MacDonald Moot Court Room
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Oral Argument - Doors open at 4:00 PM Co-sponsored by the Cornell Law Veterans Association

Snacks provided. Please RSVP here by, March 12, 2020.
Co-sponsored by the Henry Korn Lecture Series and the Cornell Law Veterans Association

4:00 - 5:00 PM, Room G26
NLG Tenant's Rights Meeting 

4:30 - 6:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
PILU and WLC Women's History Month Lecture with Alice Project 

5:00 - 8:00 PM, Room 184
National Lawyers Guild - Legal Observer Training 

6:00 - 7:00 PM, Room 182
SALSA Elections and Spring General Body Meeting 

Thursday, March 19
12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room G85
A Conversation about Careers in Antitrust 

1:15 - 2:15 PM, Room 279
Law and Political Economy Collective (LPEC) - Discussion about Economic Models 

3:00 - 4:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge 
What is Legal Personhood? A Discussion of Nonhuman Rights Project, on Behalf of Tommy v Lavery 

3:30 - 4:15 PM, Room 186
Gibson Dunn IP Event 

4:00 - 5:00 PM, Room 277
IRAP Pre-Election Meeting 

4:00 - 6:00 PM, Room G90
WLC General Business Meeting and Elections 

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 184
Gibson Dunn 1L Presentation: The Importance of Moot Court 

4:30 - 6:30 PM, Room 182
Business Law Society Elections

5:00 - 8:00 PM, Room 390 
National Lawyers Guild- Legal Observer Training 

5:30 - 7:00 PM, The Commons
Gibson Dunn 1L Reception 

5:30 - 7:30 PM, Room 186
VLGA/SELS Free Play 

Friday, March 20
12:00 - 2:00 PM, Room G85
BLSA Speaker Series 

12:30 - 2:30 PM, Room G90 
Business Law Society Elections

12:30 - 1:30 PM, Room 277
CLVA Talk with District Attorney Matthew Van Houten

5:00 - 6:30 PM, The Commons
Myron Taylor Mixer 

Saturday, March 21
3:00 - 5:30 PM, The Commons
APALSA-SALSA Academy Reception

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

Study Aids: Did you know that the Law Library has a collection of study aids available electronically and in print? You can find more information about our study aids here.

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 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:

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 March 9 (126F Hughes Hall Dean of Students Suite):
Monday:                   11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday:                   By Appointment Only 
Wednesday:             11:00—12:00 p.m.
Thursday:                 11:00—12:00 p.m. 
Friday:                      11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

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

APA 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  Rm 244
Emily Szopinski                 Thursday 12:20—1:20  G26 HH

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”—Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina.    Although it doesn’t feel like spring right now, the days will start to get warmer (I hope soon).   Use that springtime energy well.  Get outside to do your work and talk a walk or two.  Plan how you will use the next seven weeks before exams.  Get caught up with your outlines.  Start working heavy review and practice exams into your weekly schedule. You should also plan how you will use your spring break wisely.  If you want help planning your study schedule or reviewing practice exams, please contact me or the APA’s. 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates

Cornell officials are proactively working with local and state public health organizations to monitor this concern and to protect the health and well-being of the Cornell community. Please use the following resource website for updated and relevant information:

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:

CANCELLED: Cahill Gordon: Tuesday, March 10th

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,

CANCELLED: Paul Hastings: Mon, March 16th

Weil: Wednesday, March 18th , 12:00 - 2:00 pm  – Student Lounge
Open House Lunch

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

“Finding the Right Firm” with Vault and Weil Gotshal: Mon, March 23
12:15 – 1:15, Rm G85, lunch provided

“Prepare to Practice” series with Bloomberg Law:
Tues, April 14 – Litigation Practice, 12:30-1:30, Rm 285
Wed, April 15 – Judicial Practice, 12:30-1:30, Rm 285
Lunch provided

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

All Students:
“Prepare to Practice” series with Bloomberg Law: Tues & Wed, April 14 & 15
Room 285, 12:30 – 1:30

April 14 – Litigation ; April 15 - Judicial
These specialized trainings will show you the typical tasks and assignments that you will work on in your summer position or post-graduate role, focusing on litigation practice and judicial clerkship work. RSVP to

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

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

Student Child Care Grant Application for Spring 2020

All Cornell student-parents who did not receive a grant in Fall 2019 and meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.  The deadline is Friday, March 27, 2020. Applications and further information can be found on the Students with Families Student Child Care Grant Program webpage

The 2020 Day Family Ethics Lecture

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
The 2020 Day Family Ethics Lecture:  John M. Doris “The Organization of Evil” 4:25 – 5:40 pm   Sage Hall, B09                                                
Reception to follow in Ramin Parlor, Sage Hall BOTH EVENTS OPEN TO ALL
Speaker: John M. Doris, Peter L. Dyson Professor of Ethics in Organizations and Life, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and Professor, Sage School of Philosophy, Cornell University

Spring Break in Ithaca? 

Check out this great opportunity to serve as a volunteer for the NYSBA Trial Academy!

When: Saturday, March 28 - Tuesday, March 31 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Wednesday April 1 8:00am - 12:00pm
What: Run a basic digital camcorder to record each attorney's presentation each day. No technical expertise is needed. Attend any/all trial academy lectures, eat breakfast, lunch and the attorney reception.
Who: 5-7 students who will be in Ithaca during spring break.
How: Email Michaela Azemi by Friday March 20 to sign up. 

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.

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

2020 Kay Crawford Murray Commercial Division Diversity Fellowship

The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the 2020 Kay Crawford Murray Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Diversity Fellowship which has been established by The New York Bar Foundation through a gift from the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association. The Fellowship will be awarded to a current first year (1L) diversity law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York to work in a litigation position in the public sector in the State of New York during the summer of 2020.
Application link: 
Application Deadline: March 23, 2020

Judicial Friends Association - Summer Internship

The Judicial Friends Association, Inc. is an organization founded in 1976 by local, state and federal African-American judges in the State of New York. To advance these goals, the Judicial Friends Association, Inc. mentors law students, provides internships and scholarships to deserving law students and educates the community to improve understanding of the law and confidence in our court system. Contact the Dean of Students Office for information on how to apply. 
Application Deadline: March 25, 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

Queens County Bar Association Annual Scholarship

The Queens County Bar Association will, again, be awarding a scholarship to a deserving law student in the spring. The scholarship will be based upon personal financial need, a commitment to community service, and academic achievement as demonstrated by your personal statement and recommendation letters. You must be currently enrolled in St. John’s or CUNY law school or be a resident of Queens County. All are encouraged to apply. Information on applying can be found at the following website:
Application Deadline: April 15, 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