Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops Issue

November 4, 2019

This Week’s Events

Week of November 4, 2019

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

Monday, November 4
12:15 - 1:30 PM, Room 184
1L Registration Information Session, light lunch available for 1Ls who attend.

Tuesday, November 5
12:00 - 2:00 PM, The Foyer
WOCC Menstrual Hygiene Drive 

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 277
Cornell India Law Center and Berger International Speaker Series: Professor Priya Gupta will discuss “Gurgaon's Real (Estate) Dreamworld: Governing India's Millennium City into Financial Capitalism”
Please RSVP by October 31 -

5:30 PM, Room G85
IP Advice for the 1L Summer Job Search

Wednesday, November 6
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.

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
Letters for Veterans 

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.

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room G28R 
Ward Greenberg Diversity Program Info Session

4:35 - 5:55 PM, Room 182
Own the Law and Master Business: JD-MBA 

5:00 - 6:00, The Squash Court 
Yoga - All skill levels are welcome. Increase your physical and mental well being. Bring your mat and join in! Sponsored by Akin Gump. 

Thursday, November 7
4:00 - 4:30 PM, Room G26
Let's Meditate -Let’s Meditate is a free, guided, mindfulness meditation series sponsored by Cornell Health, in collaboration with numerous campus partners.

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Room G90

5:30 - 7:00 PM, Room G85
Jonathan Wolff Presents: Business & Entrepreneurship for the Creative Professional 

Friday, November 8
10:10 - 11:05 AM, Room 186
Berger International Speaker Series: Dr. Tietie (Frank) Zhang will discuss “Enforcing International Arbitral Awards in China”
Please RSVP by November 4 -

12:30 - 1:30 PM, Room 276
Lunch & Learn: Tax Law & Policy by Professor Green 

1:00 - 1:45 PM, Room L39
Online Resources for LL.M. Job Searches 

2:00 - 3:00 PM, Room 186
International Arbitration in Theory and Practice 

2:30 - 4:00 PM, 126 Hughes Hall 
1L Open Office Hours with Dean of Students

5:00 - 7:15 PM, Room G90
National First Generation College Day Celebration 

Saturday, November 9
11:00 - 2:00 PM, Room 184
Business Law Society Networking Panel

Beyond Next Week

Monday, November 11
12:20 - 1:20 PM, Room G85
The Trump Trade War and International Trade Policy 

12:30 - 1:30, Saperston Student Lounge
Veterans Appreciation Reception 

4:00 - 5:00 PM, 
LL.M. Meet and Greet with Dean of Students 

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 184
How to Ace Your Interview 

Tuesday, November 12
12:15 PM, Room G90
What's Law Got to Do with It? Re-imagining Notions of Law and Accountability for ISIS Family Members 

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 184
1L Exam Panel - Sponsored by BLSA/LALSA/NALSA

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Room G90 
The 2020 Election: Whither the Populist Wave in America, Europe, and Beyond 

5:00 - 6:15 PM, Room G85
SALSA November Meeting 

Wednesday, November 13
12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 279
Berger International Speaker Series: Marcos Pacheco will discuss “A Day in the Life of an Asylum Officer: Rewards, Challenges, and a Changing Profession”
Please RSVP by November 8 -

12:00 - 1:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge 
A Conversation with Chris Riano - New York State Assistant Counsel for Education

Thursday, November 14
4:00 - 5:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
How to Be Sort of Happy in Law School 

Friday, November 15 
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Room 285
Low Income Taxpayer Symposium 

10:00 - 11:30 AM, Room 182
Berger Current Events Colloquium: 35 Years after Bhopal: Lessons Learned? 
Please RSVP by November 11 -

12:00 - 1:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
WOCC November Check-In 

Official Announcements

Law School Seeks Nominations for Prizes

Please give some thought to possible nominees for the following Law School prizes. While all students, faculty, and staff may submit nominations, only 3L students are eligible to receive these awards. Nominations, in the form of a one-page statement concerning the nominee and designating the award(s) for which the student is being nominated, are due to the Dean of Students,, by Friday, November 8.

The Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights was established from the estate of Professor Emeritus Harrop A. Freeman, J.D. 1930, J.S.D. 1945. A cash prize is awarded to the law student or students who have made the greatest contribution during their law school career to civil-human rights.

The Stanley E. Gould Prize for Public Interest Law was established by Stanley E. Gould, J.D. 1954. A cash prize is awarded each year to a third-year student or students who have shown outstanding dedication to serving public-interest law and public-interest groups.

The Seymour Herzog Memorial Prize was endowed in honor of the late Seymour Herzog, LL.B. 1936. A cash prize is awarded each year to a student or students who demonstrate excellence in the law and commitment to public-interest law, combined with a love of sports.

Law School Registrar Announcements

Law School Clinic and Course Pre-Registration for Spring 2020
Please add these dates to your calendar. More information will be sent to students in the next few weeks.

October 30 - November 4 at 12:00 PM/Noon - Upperclass students pre-register for clinics.

November 11 - November 18 at 12:00 PM/Noon - Upperclass students see results of clinic pre-registration and can drop (not add) clinics. Upperclass students pre-register for upperclass and seminar courses. 1L students pre-register for 1L elective.

Late December (After all exams end) - Registrar will release lottery results to all students.

Mid - January - Add/drop begins and students can make changes to their schedule.

Using Your Laptop for the Fall 2019 Final Exams
You will receive information about the exam registration process by email in early November.  Old versions of the exam software will not work.

Fall 2019 Externship 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:

Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m. in Room 389

Applications for externships for Spring 2020 are due at the end of the Fall 2019 semester.

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 by visiting the following link: 

Graduate Legal Studies/LL.M Students

Volunteer Opportunity for Bilingual and Multilingual Students
The Translator-Interpreter Program (TIP) of the Cornell Public Service Center is currently seeking volunteers.  TIP is a student-run program that trains bilingual and multilingual Cornell students to serve as volunteer translators/interpreters for community agencies in emergency and non-emergency situations.  TIP volunteers have provided free language translation and interpretation services to over 300 community agencies in Tompkins County and surrounding areas since 2000.  Interested in getting involved to help bridge the language gap and aid the local community?  Visit TIP’s website to find out more and register to attend an upcoming Volunteer Training Session.

Please join us for the following upcoming programs:

  1. Online Resources for LL.M. Job Searches, on Friday, November 8 at 1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. in L39.  I will give a workshop covering Symplicity, PSJD, LinkedIn, LinkedIn groups, NALP and Martindale. Please RSVP through Symplicity by going to the Events – workshop section.
  2. How to Ace Your Interviews, on Monday, November 11 at 4:30 p.m. in MTH 184.  Professor Charles Whitehead will give interview tips.
  3. How to Successfully Network Your way into a Job, on Monday, November 18 at  4p.m. in MTH G90. I will discuss strategies on how to build your professional network and distinguish yourself from other applicants.

Campus/Community Resources

Dean Peñalver’s Office Hours for Students

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 Cassi Norgaisse by e-mail (, in room 263, or by phone (607-255-3527).

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 the week of November 4 (Room 126F Dean of Students Suite)

Academic Advising by appointment:

APA Office Hours Week of 11/4: 

Section A:            
Natalie Greenfield Tuesday 9:00—10:00 Rm G81
Zach Sporn  Wednesday 4:30—5:30 Rm 244

Section B:            
Tayler Woelcke  Monday 4:30—5:30  Rm 244

Section C:           
Alizah Charaniya  Wednesday 1:30—2:30  Rm. G80

Section D:          
Julia Hollreiser  Thursday 4:15—5:15  Rm. 244

Section E:            
Lily Coad  Thursday 11:10—12:10 Rm. 244

Section F:            
Emily Szopinski  Monday 12:15—1:15 Rm. G80

Later, Dude.  Your time is precious these days—reading for class, drafting the Open Memo, outlining, and taking practice exams take up a lot of your time.  It’s easy to put the rest of your life off until “later” (“I’ll work on that after break” or “I’m going to get some sleep this weekend, I promise”).  But there is always another deadline waiting.  Those who tell themselves, “I’ll relax after finals” find that they are already looking ahead to “relaxing after the job search letters are done” or “relaxing during spring break.”  The practice of law can be very similar—“I’ll take a vacation after this trial” turns into “I’ll take a vacation when I make partner.”  The deadlines come and go so quickly that you may find yourself looking back at a career of untouched goals you postponed until after the immediate deadlines were past.  You need to look at what you are working on and what you are working towards.  Make sure you are balancing your deadlines in a way that matches your priorities so that you are not putting off important things until “later.”  I’m available during office hours or by appointment to discuss strategies to get you closer to some of your most immediate deadlines, like the Open Memo and exams, while balancing the important things in your life.  You have five Mondays left until exams—take this time to find your balance.

IL Check In:  You’ll receive your practice exam back soon.  How do you feel about it?  Want to talk about it?  Now is the time of the semester when your study strategies need to change from just reading for class to reading and reviewing and working on your Lawyering memo.  The Dean of Students and I are trying to contact the 1L class to see how you’re doing and offer advice on how to approach the end of the semester.  You’ll probably see an email from one of us in the next several weeks, if you haven’t already.  You are important to us, and we want to touch base with you as you approach the busy part of the semester.  So if you see my email, you aren’t in trouble.  If you don’t want to wait for my 1L Check In email, then you can send one to me directly to make an appointment.  I’m always happy to help. 

Health and Community

Cornell Health partners with Wegmans Pharmacy to provide flu vaccine clinics for our campus community. 

  • Open to all – students, staff, faculty, retirees, student spouses/partners, and other community and family members (age 3+)
  • No appointment necessary
  • Vaccine types – regular dose, high dose, and thimerosal-free flu shots available (learn more about flu vaccine types); no FluMist
  • Cost:
    • FREE for all students, staff, faculty, & retirees, plus student spouses/partners on SHP (bring your Cornell ID)
    • Other community members: the cost will depend on your insurance (most plans cover flu vaccination)
  • Students under 18: Please bring 3 copies of Wegmans Pharmacy's parental consent form(not required when getting vaccinated at Cornell Health; please see below)

Tuesday, November 5
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
BeneFair, BioTech Atrium    

Wednesday, November 6 
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Barton A134 Conference Room

Monday, November 11
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Willard Straight Hall, Memorial Room

Cornell Food Pantry

The pantry, located at 109 McGraw Place, opened on October 16. The pantry is staffed by student employees and open to any members of the Cornell community, including students, staff, and faculty. Free, confidential access to food and personal care items will be offered. Visit the Food Pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Anabel's Grocery 

Anabel's Grocery provides fresh, nutritious, and affordable food for Cornell students! Their website lists hours and more information, Community 

Whatever support you need to pursue a healthy lifestyle, there are variety of resources easily accessible on campus. Living well to learn well is an essential foundation of your active participation in the caring community around you. Visit the website for more resources and to learn about Cornell's Caring Community. 

The Nathaniel Rand ’12 Memorial Gorge Safety Education Program

The two gorges that run through the Cornell campus – Cascadilla and Fall Creek – represent more than 10,000 years of beauty. They help to make Cornell one of the world’s most iconic campuses. While the gorges are wonderful for recreation and hiking, they can be very dangerous.

The Nathaniel Rand ’12 Memorial Gorge Safety Education Program, Cornell University’s gorge safety educational effort, is named in memory of a student who died in a gorge drowning accident in 2011. The program’s goal is to prevent future tragedies by informing visitors about safe and responsible use of the gorges.

The program includes educational initiatives such as the gorge stewards, orientation hikes for new students, educational programming for orientation leaders and residence advisors, a gorge safety video and brochure (pdf). These educational efforts are just one part of a comprehensive safety program that includes providing safe recreational alternatives, enforcement, and maintenance of gorge infrastructure.

How to Report Concerning Behavior

Cornell University will not tolerate sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual coercion, or other forms of sexual violence by or against students, staff, faculty, alumni, or visitors. University Policy 6.4 (link to policy here: prohibits all members of the university community from engaging in prohibited discrimination, protected-status harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual assault/violence.

Policy 6.4 provides definitions and explains the procedures employed for investigating and adjudicating allegations of sexual misconduct.

You may use the anonymous online reporting form ( link to reporting form here:  to report any concerning behavior. Even though reporter's name is requested, it is not a required field.

Issues related to the Campus Code of Conduct (link to code here: Alleged violations should be reported to the Judicial Administrator at 255-4680 or email:

Legal Careers

1L Students:
Welcome to Cornell Law School. Keep up to date on the programs offered by our office through Scoops, the email listserv and the TV screens around Myron Taylor.

Resume-A-Thon Week: Sign-up for a 15-minute appointment with a counselor to have your resume reviewed in preparation for applying to 1L summer positions. No resume?  No problem! Come for a 15-minute strategy session. More instructions to come. Register via your Symplicity account.

  • November 4th – 8th

Ward Greenberg Diversity Program Info Session: Jeffrey Harradine, Cornell Law alum, will provide a brief overview of their diversity program and answer any questions you may have.

  • November 6th, 4:30pm, G28R

White & Case Coffee Break: Celebrate the last week of class and stop by the Student Lounge for a coffee and chat with White & Case attorneys.

  • December 3rd, 9:00am – 11:00, Student Lounge

Winter Break Shadow Program: If you wish to be matched with a Cornell Law alum for a shadow experience in the location where you will be spending your winter break be sure to look for the registration email in early November. Registration is due by November 22.

Positions Available

Professor Chutkow is now accepting Teaching Assistant applications for her spring 2020 undergraduate course Nature, Functions, and Limits of Law. The class meets T Th, 2:55-4:10. The course investigates how our legal system pursues the goals of society, what functions law ought to serve, and what law can and cannot accomplish. TAs will conduct small sections, administer exams, comment on papers, and meet with students. If interested, please email your resume to Professor Dawn Chutkow at

The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide seeks a Research Associate for the 2020­–2021 academic year. This paid, full-time position (40 hours / week) is an opportunity to become part of the core staff of one of the country’s leading centers on the death penalty and international law. The candidate should expect to start in July 2020 and work until July 2021, although the exact dates are flexible. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or criminal justice issues and strong research, writing, and analytical skills. French is strongly preferred but not required. Other foreign language skills (particularly Arabic, Farsi, and Chinese) and relevant coursework are assets. Applicants should send a cover letter, CV or resume, and an unedited writing sample (not a legal brief) to by November 11. Please check out our listing on Symplicity for more information about the position.

The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide seeks law student interns for full-time positions in summer 2020. The internship is full-time and typically requires a 10 to 12-week commitment. Ideally, the candidate will work from May 11 until July 31, but the exact dates are negotiable. While the internship is unpaid, the Center is willing to work with interns to secure funding. There is a possibility that this position will involve international travel, which would be covered by the Center. International travel is not required. The ideal candidate will have strong legal research and writing skills and a demonstrated commitment to human rights, the abolition of the death penalty, and/or criminal justice reform. French is strongly preferred but not required. Other foreign language skills (particularly Arabic, Farsi, and Chinese) and relevant coursework are assets. Applicants should send a cover letter and a CV or resume to by November 11. Please check out our listing on Symplicity for more information about the position.

Professor Yale-Loehr needs a part-time research assistant to research possible reforms to our broken immigration court system. Prior exposure to immigration law is helpful but not required. Pay is at the standard law school rate.  If interested, please email a transcript, resume, the number of hours/week you are available, and a writing sample to Professor Yale-Loehr at

Seeking Volunteers: We are seeking student volunteers to contribute to building a collaboration with a group of impact litigators about a recent Executive Order (EO) affecting how the US protects refugee rights. The EO would essentially give local communities a "veto" over the resettlement of refugees to the United States. (See Trump Order May Give Veto To People Who Hate Or Fear Refugees and Executive Order on Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement). We are seeking student volunteers to (a) help conduct legal research and draft memoranda (almost certainly related to the Administrative Procedure Act) and (b) help draft related non-litigation documents and engage with stakeholders. We expect to be able to accommodate different degrees of availability over the course of the remainder of the fall semester as we evaluate what is a developing matter and collaboration. (Because this request involves contemplated litigation, kindly do not publish or distribute this call for volunteers outside the Cornell Law School community.) Students who have studied or have work experience involving immigration and refugee law or the federal administrative procedure act are particularly encouraged to volunteer. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns – or to volunteer: Ian Kysel (, Chantal Thomas ( and/or Stephen Yale-Loehr (

Cornell Law School’s Women & Justice Collection at the Legal Information Institute is the first vetted and searchable online database of gender justice jurisprudence, legislation, reports, and legal tools. The Collection is seeking part-time researchers to work on expanding the Collection and its partnership with the African Legal Information Institute at the University of Cape Town by editing caselaw and legislation summaries from all over the world, performing legal research and writing for African judges, and gathering resources related to women’s access to justice in southern Africa. To inquire further and for details on how to apply, please contact the Collection's Advocacy and Research Director, Jocelyn Hackett (  Researchers will begin work on a rolling basis throughout the semester. 

General Announcements

Mental Health Review

Help us improve student mental health at Cornell—take the Mental Health Review survey!

Cornell University has undertaken a comprehensive Mental Health Review the Ithaca campus this year.

  • An internal (on-campus) Mental Health Review Committee (MHRC) has been tasked with examining the Cornell academic and social environment, climate, and culture related to mental health.
  • An External Review Team is examining clinical services and campus-based strategies.

Students, faculty, and staff can contribute:

  • through focus groups
  • through an online online survey (answer as many questions as you wish)


The Judicial Friends' Annual Scholarship 

Current second (2L) year and third year (3L) law students in a Juris Doctor program at an ABA accredited law school in New York State or NYS residents, attending law school outside of New York State, who are currently enrolled for the 2019-2020 academic year are eligible to apply. The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates academic excellence, community service, and a passion for justice. For information on how to apply, please contact the Dean of Students office ( 
Application Deadline: November 18, 2019

The Honorable Joel K. Asarch Elder Law and Special Needs Section Scholarship

One scholarship is awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York.  The student shall be actively participating in an Elder Law Clinic at the school or perform other substantial efforts which demonstrate interest in the legal rights of the elderly or the practice of elder law.@Application link:
Application Deadline: November 22, 2019

The Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship

One scholarship is awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York who demonstrates Melvyn Mitzner’s commitment to professional achievement in the area of real property law including legal writing, lecturing and scholarship; and diversity in the profession. 
Application link:
Application Deadline: November 22, 2019

The Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship

One scholarship is awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine Power Tharp; academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and an interest in real property law.
Application link:
Application Deadline: November 22, 2019

The John Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund, 2019-2020

The John Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund administered by the Schenectady County Bar Association provides scholarships for Schenectady County residents. The conditions for the receipt of the scholarship are that the applicant reside in Schenectady County and be a full time candidate for a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Law Degree at an accredited New York Law School. For more infomration on how to apply for the scholarship, please contact the Dean of Students office: 
Application Deadline: December 1, 2019

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce its 2020 annual writing competition to recognize significant written contributions to the field of U.S. consumer financial services law in the following categories: 
(a) books 
(b) publishable articles, book chapters, or substantial book reviews by a professional in the field 
(c) publishable student case notes, articles, or comments
More information on the College and the writing competition may be found at:
Application Deadline: December 1, 2019

Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law 

One fellowship will be awarded to a law student who is currently enrolled in a law school in the State of New York to work in Health law positions in the public sector in the State of New York during the summer months.
Application link:
Application Deadline: December 9, 2019

Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition 

The Center for Legal and Court Technology is pleased to announce its third annual writing competition dedicated to innovative legal issues likely to arise from Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and/or related technologies. For further details and writing competition rules visit:
Application Deadline: December 20, 2019

2020 Antitrust Writing Award: Best Student Paper 

The Antitrust Writing Award for Best Student Paper rewards one student paper that stands out by its originality or relevance to current antitrust issues. The goal of the Award for Best Student Paper is to promote antitrust laws, antitrust economics, and antitrust policies among Law and Economics students and to support student scholarship in the field.
For information on how to apply, please contact the Dean of Students office ( 
Application Deadline: December 22, 2019

FASPE 2020 Fellowship Programs 

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is a fully-funded, two-week summer program that uses the conduct of professionals in Nazi Germany as a launching point and backdrop for an intensive study of contemporary professional ethics. Fifteen Business Fellows will be chosen to participate in FASPE 2020 through a competitive application process. Fellowships cover all program costs including round-trip travel to Europe, as well as all European travel, lodging and food.  Business Fellows travel with Law and Journalism Fellows—shared insights are gained through formal and informal cross-discipline discussions. To learn more about the program, please visit their website:
Application deadline: December 30, 2019

Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition 

The Recording Academy™, in concert with some of the nation’s most prominent entertainment attorneys, established the Entertainment Law Initiative to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today.The ELI Writing Competition challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. A nationwide panel of music law experts will judge the papers in a blind process to select a winner and a runner up. This contest is open to Juris Doctorate (JD) and master of laws (LLM) candidates currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school. For more information visit the Academy's website:
Application Deadline: January 2, 2020

2019 Donald C. Alexander Tax Writing Competition

The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation sponsors an annual writing competition and invites law students to participate. The Section on Taxation has named this annual competition—the Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition—in honor of former IRS Commissioner Don Alexander, who passed away in 2009. Throughout his career, Mr. Alexander was both a widely admired role model and an advocate for writing skills and style in tax law.Full or part-time JD and LL.M. Students are eligible. Any original paper concerning federal taxation between 20 and 50 double spaced pages is welcome. Please also see the Writing Competition webpage on the FBA Section on Taxation's website for more details.
Application Deadline: January 7, 2020

Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition

The American Society of International Law's International Refugee Law Interest Group (IRLIG) announces its sixth annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition. Papers may address any topic related to international law and refugees, stateless persons, internally-displaced persons (IDPs), and forced migrants. More information about the competition and how to enter can be found here:
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

René Cassin Thesis Prize 

The application for the René Cassin Thesis Prize is open to any candidates who defended their doctoral thesis in the course of the year 2019 in one of the following disciplines: 
- International Human Rights Law 
- Regional Human Rights Law 
- Comparative Human Rights Law 
- Legal Theory of Human Rights
Persons wishing to apply should send an electronic copy of their doctoral thesis accompanied by a report certifying their thesis defence or an equivalent document, to the following email address :
Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

2019/20 CIArbNY International Arbitration Student Article Competition

The New York Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is pleased to announce the CIArb NY Branch International Arbitration Scholarly Article Competition (the “Competition”). The Competition is open only to qualified law students. It will award up to 3 cash honoraria for the best publishable articles in the area of international arbitration.
More information on the competition is available at    
Application Deadline: February 4, 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

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