The Planning & Law Division of the American Planning Association announces its 30th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition. The winning entry in the competition will be awarded a prize of $2,500 and will be submitted for publication in The Urban Lawyer, the law journal of the American Bar Association's Section of State & Local Government Law. In addition to the first prize, the Competition will award a second prize of $500 and a third prize of $250. Other entries judged to be of special merit may be awarded Honorable Mention in the Competition.

Click on the following link for more information: http://www.planning.org/divisions/planningandlaw/writingcompetition/.  

Submission of Entries. To enter the competition, send five (5) copies of your entry, postmarked no later than June 7, 2013, to Professor Alan Weinstein at the address below. Each copy must have two title pages: the first should contain the title of the entry, the name/address/e-mail of the student, and identify the student's school and date of graduation; the second should contain only the title of the entry.

Professor Alan Weinstein
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, LB 138
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214

2013 Advocates for Life Legal Writing Contest

The 2013 Advocates for Life Legal Writing Contest is administered by Americans United for Life.


  • This contest is open to law students at ABA-accredited law schools who graduate in the spring of 2013 or later.

  • This contest is open to individuals and to pairs. If a pair competes, both members of the pair must be students at ABA-accredited law schools who graduate in the spring of 2013 or later. If a pair wins first, second, or third place, the monetary prize will be split equally between the two co-authors.


  • Entries must be saved as a Microsoft Word document and emailed to advocates@aul.org, no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013.

For additional information, please visit aul.org/writingcontest.


12 Months of Diversity Opportunities

Please click on the below link for a comprehensive listing of diversity scholarships, clerkships, mentorships, internships, conventions and job fairs available to law students.

The definition of what constitutes a diverse applicant varies significantly among the various opportunities. Often the opportunities are specific to persons of a particular racial, ethnic, religious or socioeconomic background, women, or persons that identify as LGBT.

Any questions about these opportunities can be directed to the sponsoring organization or to your Career Development Office advisor.

2013 NYC Bar Michael Oshima Diversity Essay Competition

The 2013 NYC Bar Michael Oshima Diversity Essay Competition for diverse law students.  This annual essay competition is sponsored by the NYC Bar's Committee on Minorities in the Profession to honor the life and memory of former committee Chair Michael Oshima. 

This year's essay competition addresses the timely topics of either Stop and Frisk or The Use of Drones
 Applications are due by May 31, 2013.

This is an excellent opportunity to enhance writing skills and professional profiles (and win prize money!) if selected. 

If you have any questions about the Oshima competition, please contact Jeanine Conley, Chair, NYC Bar Minorities in the Profession committee at jconley@bakerlaw.com.  

For more information, the full 2013 NYC Bar Michael Oshima Diversity Essay Competition is located on line at www.nycbar.org/oshima



is pleased to announce the

SUBJECT: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.
OPEN TO: Any J.D. and graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D) law students enrolled at any time between August 15, 2012 and August 15, 2013.
SUBMIT BY: June 1, 2013.
PRIZES: Clarin M. Schwartz Memorial Award $1,500; Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award $1,500.

Winners will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on November 9, 2013 in NewOrleans. They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by BNA Books. If deemed suitable by the editors, one or more of the winning papers will be published by the BNA Pension and Benefits Reporter, the BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal or another employee benefits publication. The winning papers will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, who are experienced attorneys that have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field in a wide range of practice settings including law and consulting firms, universities, labor unions, advocacy organizations and government agencies throughout the United States.

See picture below for competition rules. 

For information concerning the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, contact Peter Kelly at peter.kelly@bcbsa.com or consult our website at www.acebc.com.


Energy Law Student Writing Competition

2013 Energy Law 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