Annual Law Student Writing Competition -- $3,000

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 11:55pm • n/a

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

Contact: Susan Wan

New and Notable


1Ls: Fall Registration Information Sessions Parts I & II

All first-year students are strongly encouraged to attend both of the following sessions regarding registration for fall 2019 classes:

1) On Wednesday, March 20, at 1:00 p.m., in the Lubar Center, Dean Oldfather and Dean Thomson will discuss graduation requirements and details concerning the CheckMarq registration process. No RSVP is necessary to attend.

2) On Thursday, March 21, at 12:00 p.m., in the Lubar Center, Dean Fodor will host an SSP panel on planning for 2L. At this session, you will hear student tips and anecdotal advice on registration from some of your current SSP/ASP leaders. Click here to RSVP and to submit an anonymous registration question that you would like the panel to address. Lunch will be provided.

Please note, these sessions are intended to complement--not substitute--each other. 

Contact: Dean Fodor
Student Organizations

SBA Executive Board Nominations

Do you want to help make a difference at the Law School? Do you want to help plan and put on events for your peers? If so, petitions for Marquette Law School SBA executive board positions will be available starting Monday, March 18, at 9:00 a.m., in the SBA office located in the Student Org. Suite. There are six positions available: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Public Relations, and ABA Representative. Those running for SBA executive board positions must be in good academic standing. In order to be on the ballot, you MUST:

1) Pick up a signature sheet from the SBA office and obtain 50 signatures from fellow law students endorsing your candidacy. (Only current 1Ls and 2Ls, including part-time students, can endorse your candidacy. Any 3L signature obtained will not count toward the required 50 signatures.)

2) Write a personal statement for each position for which you are running. These statements will be made available to voters. You may run for up to two positions.

3) Place the completed signature sheet in Cole Altman's student mail folder located on the second floor by Friday, March 22, at 5:00 p.m.

4) Email Cole Altman ( an electronic copy of your personal statement by Friday, March 22, at 5:00 p.m.

Voting will take place on April 1 and 2. Winners will be announced at Follies on April 4.


Contact: Cole Altman
Student Organizations

Congratulations to the Marquette Benefits and Social Welfare Law Review's 2019-20 Executive Board

The Marquette Benefits and Social Welfare Law Review is pleased to announce the newly elected executive board for 2019-20! Congratulations to the following members for their accomplishment:

Editor-in-Chief: Margaret Spring

Managing Editor: Charlie Bowen

Comment Editor: Meaghan McTigue

Business & Technology Editor: Sonam Dorji Tarak

Articles Editors: John Black, Tyler Jochman, Cassandra Miller & Salonee Patel 

Contact: Margaret Spring
Student Organizations

Trivia Night

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 8:00pm Olydia's Bar and Grill

The Entertainment Law Society will be hosting a Trivia Night at O'Lydia's Bar and Grill. Bring on your competitive spirit and help your team win O'Lydia gift cards for the top two teams. The funniest team name gets a gift card too. Free wings will be provided to everyone who attends. ELS members who have paid dues will get first priority for food. Come early because it will fill up fast. Do not miss out! 

Contact: Naomie Kipulu
Student Organizations

Real Estate Law Society Meeting & Speaker

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 12:10pm Room 257

On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, from 12:10 - 1:10 p.m. in room 257, the Real Estate Law Society will host its first meeting and speaker of the semester. We will briefly talk about elections, and then Caroline Spongberg will speak about her career in real estate law. Caroline currently works at Northwestern Mutual on their real estate team. As always, lunch will be served.

Contact: Sadie Zurfluh

Bar Exam Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 12:00pm Room 257

On Tuesday, March 26, at 12:00 p.m. in Room 257, Professor Katie Pagel will host a panel discussion on preparing for a bar exam with Marquette Law School alumni who were successful on a bar exam. The panelists will discuss their experiences, provide their thoughts on how best to prepare for and take a bar exam, and will be available for questions. This is a great opportunity to learn more about bar prep from those that have recently experienced it. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here.

Contact: Professor Katie Pagel

IP Colloquium: Fair Use as Penalty Default

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 12:00pm Room 263

On Monday, March 18, Prof. B.J. Ard of the University of Wisconsin Law School will present his paper, Fair Use as Penalty Default: Reconciling Copyright with New Technologies for Engaging with Existing Works, in Room 263 at noon. All students are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided; no RSVP necessary. Please come late if you have a class that runs until or past 12 p.m.

Contact: Bruce Boyden

Free Movie Screening and Discussion: On the Basis of Sex

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 7:00pm Varsity Theater

The Women's Innovation Network (WIN) and Late Night Marquette present a free screening of "On the Basis of Sex." This movie portrays Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, when she was a new mother and struggling attorney who faced adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights. When she takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination.

After the movie, please join us for a discussion with Dean Fodor and Rebecca Taibleson, a federal prosecutor and former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (who was a close friend of Justice Ginsburg). Dean Fodor and Attorney Taibleson will discuss legal issues raised in the film, as well as their own experiences in law school and the legal profession.

  • 7:00 p.m. Networking dinner in the Varsity Theater lobby
  • 8:00 p.m. Movie begins
  • 10:00 p.m. Post-movie discussion

This event is free but please register here.

Contact: Sarah DiStefano