New Writing Competitions

Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

Sponsor: National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)

General criteria: Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law.   The most recent winning paper was “All Things Being Equal, Women Lose. Investigating the Lack of Diversity Among the Recent Appointments to the Iowa Supreme Court” written by Abigail Rury, Michigan State University School of Law.  Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2012-13 school year. The essays must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.  Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the Summer, Fall or Spring semesters are eligible for submission.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project.

Deadline: May 1, 2013

Amount of Award: The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in NAWL’s Women Lawyers Journal in the summer of 2013.

Submission information: See flyer.  Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to the chair of the Writing Competition, Professor Jennifer Martin at


Environmental Justice Essay Competition

Sponsor:  Environmental Justice Committee and the Brooklyn Law Review

Criteria:  The competition is open to currently enrolled law students and recent graduates.  Only original, non-published essays will be considered.  Papers submitted for course requirements are eligible for entry.  The ABA invites thoughtful essays on the evolution and future of environmental justice lawyering. 

Deadline: May 3, 2013

Amount of Award: The winning entry will receive an offer of publication in the Brooklyn Law Review as well as a prize of $1,000.

Submission information:  See flyer.


2013 Tannenwald Writing Competition

Sponsor: Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel

Criteria:  Open to all full- or part-time law school students.  Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted.

Deadline: July 1, 2013

Amount of award: Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,500 for the top three papers.

Submission information: