Annual Law Student Writing Competition -- $3,000
The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2017-2018 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, 2017. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible. Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encouraged to discuss novel issues, innovative ideas, or fresh perspectives on the following areas affecting labor and employment in the U.S. and/or abroad that would be noteworthy to the U.S.: a public policy issue; practical implications of a leading case or doctrine; a statute or the need for statutory modification; or a common law doctrine. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country. Papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered. Papers must be analytical in nature, not merely a summary of the law. Students must present and discuss competing points of view with respect to the issue addressed and must distinguish their conclusions from opposing positions with sound logic and reference to multiple primary and secondary sources. We discourage students from writing articles about a recent Supreme Court decision or a case pending before the Supreme Court, unless the article is novel and focuses upon case law or statutory developments subsequent to the Supreme Court’s decision.
Prizes are as follows: First Place: $3000; Second Place: $1000, and Third Place: $500. The firstplace winning article may be selected for publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author of the first-place paper will be a guest at the annual Continuing Legal Education program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College and the Section reserve the right not to select any article for publication or award any prizes if, in their judgment, the submissions do not meet their standards for outstanding legal writing.
Submission date: June 15, 2019 by midnight (EDT)
Complete competition rules can be found on the College website at www.laborandemploymentcollege.org.Contact: Susan Wan
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Humor and Creativity in Law Competition -- $500Friday, March 15, 2019 - 12:00pm • n/a
The 7th Annual Terence T. Evans Humor and Creativity in Law Competition
How is this for a footnote?
(1) The story of the creation of the world is told in the book Genesis in 400 words; (2) The world's greatest moral code, the Ten Commandments, contains only 279 words; (3) Lincoln's immortal Gettysburg address is but 266 words in length; (4) The Declaration of Independence required only 1,321 words to establish for the world a new concept of freedom. Together, the four contain a mere 2,266 words. On this routine motion to amend a civil complaint, [a Large Milwaukee Firm] has filed a brief (not the primary one, just a reply brief) that contains approximately 41,596 words spread over an agonizing 124 pages. In this case, the term reply “brief” is obviously a misnomer. Rather than impressive, the “brief” is oppressive.
Marson v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp., 87 F.R.D. 151, 152 n.1 (E.D. Wis. 1980)
Judge Evans was a funny guy. He knew humor is the best way for lawyers and judges to keep a proper perspective on the law, and on life. Now it’s your turn to keep Judge Evans’ spirit alive – give us a laugh-worthy law-related piece, and you will have a chance to win money, fame, and the best traveling trophy in Wisconsin.
- Must be original written work
- Anything goes - brief, prose, poem, song, text
- Must relate to the law, at least a bit
- No longer than nine 10 Commandments
- One entry per person
- Open to law students and lawyers
- Email entries to email@example.com no later than March 15, 2019
- At least one footnote required*
*This rule will be enforced mercilessly.
- $500 for funniest Law Student
- Traveling Trophy for best Lawyer
- Winners lauded at EDWBA Annual Meeting
- Publication in EDWBA Newsletter
- Colleagues and friends will love you
- Guaranteed win in next 7th Circuit appeal*
- Guaranteed 7th Circuit clerkship*
- Guaranteed conversation-starter on your resume
* Not really “guaranteed,” but it can’t hurt.Contact: Katy Borowski
Parking Reminder: What To Do If Parking Credentials Are Not Working
Eckstein Hall Parking: When entering the Eckstein Hall parking garage, students should not pull a ticket unless they intend to pay for visitor parking. If student parking credentials are not working, the driver should back up and go to his/her assigned lot until the issue with their credentials can be resolved. If unable to back up due to other cars in line, driver should exit vehicle and ask other drivers to back up. If that is not possible, please use the intercom for assistance. If you do pull a ticket, which is only possible on the 11th St (P2) level, you have seven minutes to leave or you will have to pay $30 for parking. (Please be a courteous driver and back up when asked or if you see someone blocked.)
Students having parking issues need to email University Parking Services with their name, MUID number, and the type of permit they purchased for the semester, or they can report the issue to office 244B. (414) 288-6911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Contact: Christine Wilczynski-Vogel, Associate Dean for External Relations, Events, and Facilities