2013 Conner Inn Writing Competition


The Winner will receive a cash award of $1,500.00
The Runner-up will receive a cash award of $1,000.00

The competition is open to students enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M. program (day or evening).  The subject matter must be directed to one of the traditional subject areas of intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices and antitrust.

For the 2013 Conner Writing Competition submission requirements, please click here.

Entries must be submitted by Friday, March 8, 2013.

The 2013 Conner Writing Competition winners will be honored at the Association's Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the Princeton Club, NYC.

Should you have any question, feel free to contact Pejman F. Sharifi at or psharifi@winston.com.


Energy Law Student Writing Competition

ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
Energy Law Student Writing Competition

Awards:         $ 700 (1st place)                $ 500 (2nd )                           $ 250 (3rd)

Topic: Any issue related to energy law—you may advocate a position, educate an audience on an issue, analyze a case, etc.  In addition to the cash awards, winning entries will be published nationwide, as they have in past years, in one of the ABA committee electronic publications.

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 17, 2013.

Submission information: Submissions must be through email to Dana.Jonusaitis@americanbar.org Any student enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States during 2012-2013 is eligible.  Submissions must not exceed 2,000 words in length (a maximum of approximately 8 pages) on double-spaced 12-point typed pages.  Each page must have a header including the title of the paper and a page number. 

For anonymous evaluation of the entries, no information that could identify the author should appear anywhere in the body of the paper, including in the header.  Each entry must have a separate cover sheet (not included in the 2,000 word limit) that includes the following contact information: (1) name; (2) address; (3) phone number; (4) email address; (5) law school; and (6) paper title.  Any relevant article or essay may be submitted for the competition, including writing submitted for academic credit.  Papers that have been previously published are not eligible for the competition.  A paper must be the original work of the individual student submitting the entry.

Judging:  Papers will be subject to a blind review process.  The panel of judges will judge the papers anonymously, without knowledge of the author’s name or law school.
Papers will be evaluated by the following criteria:  (1) originality and thoughtfulness; (2) writing quality; (3) analysis and legal reasoning; (4) quality and use of research (including interdisciplinary and applied examples); and (5) compliance with the competition rules.  Winning entries will be published nationwide in an ABA publication.
The sponsoring committee, Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources Committee, initiated this contest in 2010.  Co-sponsors include the Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance and the Government and Private Sector Innovation Committees.

Any questions or changes of contact information should be sent by email to Dana.Jonusaitis@americanbar.org or 312-988-5602.

Joseph H. Gellert, Dutchess County Bar Association Scholarship

The Community Foundation of Dutchess County in conjunction with the Dutchess County Bar Association is pleased to offer the Joseph H. Gellert, Dutchess County Bar Association Scholarship.

Created by the law firm of Gellert & Klein, P.C. in honor of its founder, The Honorable Joseph H. Gellert, and supplemented by members of the community, the Joseph H. Gellert, Dutchess County Bar Association Scholarship funds an annual scholarship (awarded through the Dutchess County Bar Association) to a resident of Dutchess County (click on the picture below to view a zip code list to identify if you are eligible) who is matriculated in an accredited law school. The student must have completed at least one year of law school to apply.

The scholarship is in the amount of $1,000.  Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2013.

For more information, please click here.  Click on picture below for a list of Dutchess County zip codes to assist in identifying eligible students.  


Nassau County Women's Bar Foundation Scholarship

A mission of the Nassau County Women's Bar Association is to advance the status of women in the law.  One way they do this is by granting a scholarship to an outstanding woman who has displayed a commitment to continuing to attend law school though her 2L and 3L years. 

The deadline to apply is February 28, 2013.

For an application, visit: http://www.nassauwomensbar.com/pdf/ScholarshipApplication2013.pdf.

New York County Lawyer's Association Program

March 18 is the 50th Anniversary of the landmark case Gideon v Wainwright and in commemoration of it NYCLA and Arnold & Porter LLP are hosting an event in Manhattan on the anniversary. The event will feature a premiere of the film Gideon’s Promise Unfulfilled at 5:30 followed by a moderated panel discussion at 6 p.m. and then a cocktail reception. The film, narrated by actor Martin Sheen of West Wing, is an extraordinary documentary that takes viewers on a fascinating journey through the heady days of the Gideon decision through the present day, and examines the challenges still facing the indigent defense system. The panel will feature federal and state prosecutors and defenders moderated by Peter L. Zimroth, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP, former Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, who will discuss what the landmark decision did or did not do for people accused of crime and what needs to happen to fulfill the promise of Gideon.

The event is complimentary and open to the public. Please RSVP at https://www.nycla.org/index.cfm?section=Calendar&page=event_Detail&itemID=3227&dateID=20130318.


Peggy Bernheim Memorial Scholarship and Craig Lensch Memorial Scholarship

The Bronx County Bar Association is seeking nominees for its Peggy Bernheim Memorial Scholarship and its Craig Lensch Memorial Scholarship. 

The scholarships, each worth $3,000, are available to first- and second-year law students, or third year law students expecting to graduate this spring who are domiciled in Bronx County. They will be presented at the bar group's annual dinner on April 11 at the Marina del Rey, Bronx. Recipients must attend the dinner to receive their award. 

For details, visit bronxbar.org or call Mary Conlan at 718-293-2227. 

The application deadline is Feb. 18.


Annual LeGaL LGBT Career Fair

The Annual LeGaL LGBT Career Fair will take place on Tuesday, March 5th at NYLS from 6:30-8:00 (preceded by a panel discussion at 5:30).

See below for more information.