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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Real Property, Trust & Estate Law (RPTE) is seeking entries for its Student Writing Contest

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2018-02-20/8cf5a465-63bb-47b6-9e16-38a6035c3eee.pngThe ABA's Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law (RPTE) is seeking entries for its Student Writing Contest, which is now entering its 16th year. It offers substantial prizes to its entrants:

The goal of the RPTE student writing contest is to encourage and reward law student writing on the subjects of real property or trust and estate law. The essay contest is designed to attract students to these law specialties, and to encourage scholarship and interest in these areas. Articles submitted for judging are encouraged to be of timely topics and have not been previously published. This contest is open to all law and LL.M students currently attending an ABA-accredited law school. See the official contest rules and entry form for details.

1st place:

  • $2,500 award
  • A full-tuition scholarship to the University of Miami School of Law's Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning OR Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig Graduate Program in Real Property Development for the 2018–2019 or 2019-2020 academic year.*
  • Free round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations to the RPTE Fall Leadership Meeting in Chicago, IL, September 27-29, 2018. This is an excellent meeting to network with RPTE leadership!
  • One year free RPTE membership
  • Consideration for publication in The Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, the Section's law review journal, which is mailed to 20,000 RPTE members
  • Name and essay title will be published in the eReport, the Section's electronic newsletter

2nd place: 

  • $1,500 award
  • One year free RPTE membership
  • Consideration for publication in The Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, the Section's law review journal, which is mailed to 20,000 RPTE members
  • Name and essay title will be published in the eReport, the Section's electronic newsletter

3rd place: 

  • $1,000 award
  • One year free RPTE membership
  • Consideration for publication in The Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, the Section's law review journal, which is mailed to 20,000 RPTE members
  • Name and essay title will be published in the eReport, the Section's electronic newsletter

Entries must be received by the Section no later than May 31, 2018. See the official contest rules and entry form  for details.

*Students must apply and be admitted to the graduate program of their choice to be considered for the scholarship. Applicants to the Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning must hold a J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school and must have completed the equivalent of both a J.D. trusts and estates and federal income tax course.  Applicants to the Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig Graduate Program in Real Property Development must hold a degree from an ABA accredited law school or a foreign equivalent non-US school. 

Visit the University of Miami School of Law webpage for further information on the graduate programs.

For more information, please contact Monica Larys at monica.larys@americanbar.org.

February 20, 2018 in Estate Planning - Generally, Writing Competitions for Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2018 Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2018-01-31/28efcb68-3aca-4dac-b218-4a3616b349bf.pngACTEC Foundation has recently announced the start of its 2018 Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition.  Information about the competition is below:

 Description of Competition:

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) announces the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig 2018 Student Writing Competition. This competition was created by ACTEC’s Legal Education Committee, which consists of law school professors who teach in the area of trusts and estates and practitioners who teach as adjuncts in the trusts and estates field. The competition honors the late Mary Moers Wenig, a member of ACTEC’s Legal Education Committee, who was a law school professor for over 30 years.

Consistent with ACTEC’s purposes, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition was created to encourage and reward scholarly works in the area of trusts and estates. ACTEC’s purposes are to maintain an association of lawyers, international in scope, skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts; estate planning; probate procedure and administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors and incompetents; to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures, and professional responsibility, to bring together qualified lawyers whose character and ability will contribute to the achievement of the purposes of the College; and to cooperate with bar associations and other organizations with similar purposes. The funding for the competition will be provided by the ACTEC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that supports educational projects relating to trust and estate law.

Eligibility: 

This competition is open to any law student in good standing (full-time or part-time) who is currently or recently enrolled at the time of submission or during the 90-day period prior to submission as a J.D. or LL.M. candidate in an ABA-accredited law school within the United States or its possessions.

Only papers that have not been previously published or accepted for publication are eligible. Papers prepared for law school credit are eligible provided they are the entrant’s original work. Unless a work is co-authored, each entry shall be the original work of a single individual. A co-authored paper by no more than two individuals is acceptable provided the paper submitted is the original work of the co-authors. Entrants are limited to one submission per year.

Area and Topics:

The paper must relate to the area of trusts and estates, broadly defined. Any one or more of the following topics are appropriate for discussion:

Business Planning
Charitable Planning
Elder Law
Employee Benefits
Fiduciary Accounting
Fiduciary Administration
Fiduciary Income Taxation
Fiduciary Litigation
Estate Planning and Drafting
Professional Responsibility
Substantive Laws for the Gratuitous Transmission of Property
Wealth Transfer Taxation (Estate, Gift and GST Tax)

January 31, 2018 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Writing Competitions for Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

RPTE Writing Competition Winners Announced

Flat 800x800 075 fThe Real Property, Trust and Estate (RPTE) Law section of the American Bar Association (ABA) announced the first through third place winners of its 2017 writing competition for students. Harry Dao, from the University of Alabama School of Law, took first prize and won $2,500, a free one-year membership to RPTE, and a free trip to the Fall Leadership Meeting in Monterey, CA. Caitlinn Raimo, from Seton Hall University School of Law, earned second place and $1,500. Shawn Walker, from University of Oregon School of Law, took third place and $1,000.

See Letter to Section Officers and Publications Committee, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law.

September 27, 2017 in Current Events, Estate Planning - Generally, Writing Competitions for Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

2017 Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition

NNB0575r2-2x3-H-200x300The Delaware Bar Foundation is holding its 2017  Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition.  Information about the competition is below:

 

The Delaware Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the…

2017 BRUCE M. STARGATT LEGAL ETHICS WRITING COMPETITION

The Competition: This writing competition is made possible by an initial generous gift to the Delaware Bar Foundation from Mrs. Barbara Stargatt and her family in memory of her late husband, Bruce M. Stargatt. Bruce was a distinguished Delaware lawyer who, among many other accomplishments, was a founding partner of Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, and a past president of the Delaware Bar Foundation and the Delaware State Bar Association.

Writing Topic: In keeping with Bruce Stargatt’s keen interest in legal writing and the ethical practice of law, we invite scholarly papers concerning ethical issues in the practice of law. Beyond this general description, the precise issue to be dealt with is in the author’s discretion.

Eligibility: The competition is open to: (i) students enrolled in, and 2017 graduates of any American Bar Association accredited law school, (ii) individuals who have registered for or have taken the 2017 Delaware Bar Examination, (iii) law clerks currently employed by a member of the Delaware judiciary, and (iv) Delaware attorneys admitted for no more than five years.

Prizes and Publication: Cash prizes of $3000, $1000 and $500 will be awarded to the top three papers. The first place paper will be published in “Delaware Lawyer” magazine (a publication of the Delaware Bar Foundation, distributed quarterly without charge to all members of the Delaware Bar). The author of the first place paper will be invited to receive his or her prize at the Delaware State Bar Association/Delaware Bar Foundation seminar in Wilmington in the fall of 2017. Prizes will not be awarded if the judges determine that a sufficient number of entries do not meet the appropriate standards.

Deadline and Submission: (1) Papers must be submitted by midnight (EDT) on September 15, 2017.(1) Papers must be submitted by midnight (EDT) on September 15, 2017.(2) Papers must be submitted electronically to mflynn@delawarebarfoundation.org.(3) Direct questions to Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition, Delaware Bar Foundation, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 106, Wilmington, DE 19801, or 302-658-0773, ormflynn@delawarebarfoundation.org.(4) Prize winners will be informed on or before November 1, 2017.

Rules: (1) No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered. However, papers written for course credit will be considered as long as they have not been published.(1) No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered. However, papers written for course credit will be considered as long as they have not been published.(2) Each paper must be the original work of the submitting author. The author must execute and submit with her/his paper the License Agreement attached hereto.(3) The length of the paper should not exceed 2500 words, including the title page, body, footnotes, figures and tables, if any. The Delaware Bar Foundation reserves the right to edit papers for publication due to space constraints when necessary.(4) Citations should be in standard Bluebook form.(5) A cover page that includes the author’s name, contact information and eligibility to enter the competition should be included with the paper at the time of submission.

August 8, 2017 in Estate Planning - Generally, Professional Responsibility, Writing Competitions for Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Writing Competition for Judge John R. Brown Award

Main-small-admiralty_0The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is holding its annual Judge John R. Brown Award Writing Competition.  The goal of the contest is to encourage and reward law students writing about a legal topic of their choosing. Information about the competition is below:

Judge John R. Brown Award

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation
1177 West Loop South, Tenth Floor
Houston, Texas 77027

2017 Rules for the Brown Award of $10,000 for Excellence in Legal Writing

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-fourth annual Brown Award. The Award is in recognition of 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. The awards for 2017 will be as follows:

$10,000 First Place,
$5,000 Second Place,
$3,000 Third Place,
$1,000 Finalist,
$1,000 Finalist, and

$5,000 to the Scholarship Fund selected
by the Dean of the law school in which
the First Place candidate is enrolled.

In order to be considered, two copies of a current legal writing must be submitted to the Foundation c/o Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C., Tenth Floor, 1177 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027-9007. The article must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional other than the author of the paper. Only one paper may be submitted on behalf of any student and only one paper may be sponsored by any faculty member or legal professional. The submission must be postmarked no later than August 18, 2017. The submission must contain a separate sheet containing the title of the paper; the name, physical address, telephone number, and email address of the student; and the name, title, physical address, and email address of the student’s sponsor. There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject. The Foundation will appoint a final judging panel consisting of a law school dean, a federal judge, and a law school professor. The Foundation will not return any material submitted to the Foundation. The 2017 recipient of the Brown Award will be notified by January 31, 2018, and listed with the other finalists at the website www.brownsims.com/about-brownsims/affiliations/-judge-john-r-brown-award.  

Results for the 2016 Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing:

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2016 Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

First Place: $10,000 to Nicholas D’Angelo for his paper, EMERGING FROM DAIMLER’S SHADOW: REGISTRATION STATUTES AS A MEANS TO GENERAL JURISDICTION OVER FOREIGN CORPORATIONS, Sponsored by Jane E. Scott, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, St John’s University School of Law, Queens, New York.

Second Place: $5,000 to Lindsey Lusk for her paper, MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SHIELD? THE DANGERS OF THE FERPA DEFENSE AND NEED TO AMEND THE STUDENT-PRIVACY LAW, Sponsored by, Shannon M. Moritz, Director of Legal Writing, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Law, Champaign, Illinois.

Third Place: $3,000 to Yang Wang for the paper, INCORPORATING THE THIRD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT INTO U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY REVIEW OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT, Sponsored by Ewell E. Murphy, Jr., Adjunct Professor, The University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas.

Finalist: $1,000 to Crystal Etue for her paper, JOHNSON V. UNITED STATES: A BREACH OF THE SOCIAL CONTRACT, Sponsored by Wendy Shea, Associate Professor of Law, Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Finalist: $1,000 Jean Phillip Shami for his paper, A PROMISE REALIZED? A CRITICAL REVIEW OF ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS SINCE THE ENACTMENT OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, Sponsor, Patricia D. White, Dean and Professor of Law, University of Miami Law School, Coral Gables, Florida.

August 7, 2017 in Estate Planning - Generally, Writing Competitions for Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Writing Competition on Article I Writing Contest

MadheadblackandgrayThe Federalist Society is holding its Article I Writing Contest.  The goal of the contest is to encourage and reward law students writing about the subject of Article I of the Constitution. Articles submitted for judging must follow set guidelines and may not have been previously published. Information about the competition is below:

Here is the latest from the Article I Initiative -

 
Writing Contest
  
Who: Open to all eligible individuals under the age of 40.*
 
What: Essay contest on "Restoring the Constitutional Congress." (Maximum 30 pages.)*
 
When: Beginning August 1, 2017; deadline for submission is January 5, 2018. 
 
Why: To engage new thought and discussion about the proper role of the Congress.  
 
Theme: The Federalist Papers clearly establish that the drafters of the Constitution intended the legislature to be the most powerful branch of government. In its present state, as the government operates on a day to day basis, it is not. We are left to wonder how this came to be. Were the Founders simply wrong about the inherent powers of the legislative branch? Has the institution of Congress developed practices that are not compatible with the text of the Constitution? Why are current Congressional leaders unable or unwilling to act as an effective check on the presidency? Why is Congress unable to pass a budget? Why has Congress ceded much of its authority to the executive branch and to administrative agencies? What does it mean to serve productively as a member of the House or Senate?
 
Prizes: The first-place winner will receive free registration, accommodations, and travel to the Federalist Society's 2018 Student Symposium, March 9-10 in Washington, D.C. and a $5,000 cash prize. A runner-up $2,500 cash prize will be awarded and two honorable mention $1,000 cash prizes will also be awarded.* 

Article I Events
Reminder: As announced at the July Student Leadership Conference (SLC), Article I programs are a priority for the Society this year. There is even a special incentive for catering at these events!
 
Questions? Please consult the Approved Speaker list provided to you at the SLC or email Nate Kaczmarek at:
 
More info: 
 
 
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August 5, 2017 in Estate Planning - Generally, Writing Competitions for Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

RPTE's 2017 Student Writing Contest

RPTE The ABA's Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law (RPTE) is seeking entries for its Student Writing Contest which is now entering its 15th year. It offers substantial prizes to its entrants:

First prize: $2,500 plus free round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations to the Section's 2017 Fall Leadership Meeting at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California, plus one year's membership in the Section; 

Second prize: $1,500 plus one year's membership in the Section; and

Third prize: $1,000 plus one year's membership in the Section.

In addition, all prize winners are considered for publication in the Section's law review journal, The Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, which circulates to 20,000 RPTE members. 

Contest rules are here: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/real_property_trust_estate/fellowships_and_awards/writing_contest.html.

February 11, 2017 in Writing Competitions for Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 30, 2017

ACTEC Announces Mary Moers Wenig 2017 Student Writing Competition

ActecThe American College of Trust and Estate Counsel has officially announced the Mary Moers Wenig 2017 Student Writing Competition.

Here are some of the key features of this competition:

  • Large cash prizes (first place = $5,000; second place = $3,000; third place = $1,000; honorable mention cash awards may also be made).
  • A broad range of topics in the trusts and estates and related taxation areas.
  • Attractive page requirements -- the body of the paper must be 20 double-spaced pages and may not exceed 30 double-spaced pages.
  • Use of original (but unpublished) papers, including papers prepared for law school credit.
  • June 15, 2017 deadline which will allow for work over several months including spring break.
  • No limit on the number of Honorable Mention Prizes allowing entrants to have a greater chance of receiving recognition and monetary awards.
  • Papers may be coauthored.

The official rules may be found here.

January 30, 2017 in Writing Competitions for Students | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Call for Authors: American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

Burger_PrizeThe American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in its 2015 Warren E. Burger Prize.

Authors should submit an original, unpublished, 10,000–20,000 word essay on a topic that addresses the issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism.

The winning essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review and the author will receive a cash prize of $5,000.

The submission deadline for the 2015 Warren E. Burger Prize is July 1, 2015.

More information is available on the American Inns of Court website at www.innsofcourt.org/BurgerPrize

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2015 RPTE Law Student Writing Contest

Writing 2The American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law is holding the annual RPTE Law Student Writing Contest.  The goal of the contest is to encourage and reward law student writing on the subjects o real property or trust and estate law. Article submitted for judging are encouraged to be of timely topics and have not been previously published This contest is open to all law and LL.M students currently attending an ABA-accredited law school.  Top three articles will be awarded:

1st place:

  • $2,500 award
  • Free round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations to the RPTE Fall Leadership Meeting in Laguna Beach, CA 7-9, 2014. This is an excellent meeting to network with RPTE leadership!
  • One year free RPTE membership
  • Consideration for publication in The Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, the Section's law review journal, which is mailed to 24,000 RPTE members
  • Name and essay title will be published in the eReport, the Section's electronic newsletter

2nd place: 

  • $1,450 award
  • One year free RPTE membership
  • Consideration for publication in The Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, the Section's law review journal, which is mailed to 24,000 RPTE members
  • Name and essay title will be published in the eReport, the Section's electronic newsletter

3rd place: 

  • $1,000 award
  • One year free RPTE membership
  • Consideration for publication in The Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, the Section's law review journal, which is mailed to 24,000 RPTE members
  • Name and essay title will be published in the eReport, the Section's electronic newsletter

March 25, 2015 in Estate Planning - Generally, Writing Competitions for Students | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)