President’s Challenge Deadline!

President’s Challenge Deadline Reminder: March 20

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 is the first day of spring, a perfect time for new beginnings. There is no better time (and in fact, no more time) to turn in your proposal for the President’s Challenge and start a new phase of development for your idea that creates social impact.

So mark your calendars for the deadline!  Fill out an application poll online, and send a PDF softcopy of your proposal to PresidentsChallenge@harvard.edu by 12:00 PM (noon).  The Challenge seeks innovative and entrepreneurial ideas that will help bring clean water, personal health, empowered education, global health, and clean air to everyone.  For more details on the issues and application requirements, visit http://ilab.harvard.edu/presidents-challenge

$50,000 will be distributed to ten finalist teams in the first week in April.  They will receive expert mentorship and the full resources of the Harvard innovation lab to further develop their ideas.  $100,000 will be distributed in late May to one grand-prize winner and up to three runners-up.

If you’ve been working on an idea but were not sure of its suitability for the Challenge, it’s not too late.  Contact Challenge Coordinator Kate Range at katherine_range@harvard.edu to ask any questions regarding eligibility, suitability, or application requirements.

Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation Writing Competition

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

February 2012

Rules for the 2012 Brown Award of
$10,000 for Excellence in Legal Writing

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the nineteenth 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 receive the Award. This year the stipend for the winner is $10,000. The 2011 Award was presented to G. Brinton Lucas of the University of Virginia School of Law for his paper entitled, Structural Exceptionalism and Comparative Constitutional Law.

In order to be considered, four 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 June 4, 2012. The student’s package 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. This year 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 2012 recipient of the Brown Award will be notified by October 31, 2012, and listed with the other finalists at the website  www.brownsims.com

Sincerely,

Vera Brown

Mrs. John R. “Vera” Brown

Chair

$1500 Yong K. Kim ’95 Memorial Prize: papers due April 27 to EALS

The Yong K. Kim ’95 Memorial Prize was established by the East Asian Legal Studies program in memory of Yong K. Kim A.B.’92, J.D. ’95 through the generosity of his parents, Professor and Mrs. Joe H. Kim, his family, and many friends at and beyond the Law School. A prize of $1,500 is awarded to the student who makes the most significant contribution to the life of the Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies program. That contribution may take several forms. It may entail authorship of a paper concerning the law or legal history of the nations and peoples of East Asia, or legal issues concerning international relations in the region or with the United States. Alternatively, it may entail active and creative participation in EALS and the fostering of understanding at Harvard Law School regarding East Asia and its interaction with the U.S. The prize recipient should also possess Yong Kim’s interest in and enthusiasm for fostering U.S.-East Asian understanding

and plan a career that will further advance these interests. Papers may be written in conjunction with a course or seminar or as an independent study project at the Law School. Papers should be submitted to the East Asian Legal Studies office (Austin 301) by April 27, 2012. For further information, please contact  Professor William Alford. Website:

http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/writing/prizes.html

Enter the First-Ever U.S. Supreme Court Prediction Competition Sponsored by Bloomberg Law and SCOTUSblog for a Chance to Win $5,000

The Supreme Court Prediction Competition sponsored by Bloomberg Law and SCOTUSblog gives you the opportunity to compete against the experts at SCOTUSblog in predicting how United States Supreme Court cases and cert. petitions will be decided!

Teams of law students will use the first-class resources available on Bloomberg Law and SCOTUSblog—including opinions, Supreme Court briefs, justice profiles and statutes—to perform the research to make their predictions for cases and cert. petitions that will be considered by the Court in April 2012.

The winning team receives a minimum cash prize of $2,500. If the winning team also beats the experts at SCOTUSblog, the prize doubles to a total of $5,000.

Registration Deadline: March 2.
Sign up on www.scotuscompetition.com to compete alone or in a team of up to 5 students from your school.

Training Deadline: March 9.
Participants must complete a Bloomberg Law training session designed to show you the content and tools that will be used in this competition. Then, visit www.bloomberglaw.com and www.scotusblog.com to perform your research.

Pick Submission Deadline: April 10.
Submit your picks on www.scotuscompetition.com.

For more information on how to participate and official rules, visit www.scotuscompetition.com.

Harvard i-lab: The President’s Challenge

Harvard’s Innovation Lab is proud to host the President’s Challenge, a university-wide initiative to develop entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most important social problems. Sponsored by President Drew Faust, the Challenge aims to demonstrate and develop the University’s commitment to social entrepreneurship and the collaboration of students across all its disciplines.

Participants will be asked to address one of five global issues; the Challenge seeks proposals that outline an innovative and sustainable solution to the issue, and a projection of the potential impact of the outcome.

Over the course of the Challenge, $50,000 will be distributed to ten finalist teams to facilitate the development of their ideas, and up to four winners will be allotted portions of a $100,000 grand prize.

The i-lab will play an active role as host to the teams as they develop and refine their ideas, assisting students by giving them access to our resources and facility throughout the Challenge as well as arranging expert mentors. The i-lab is committed to helping students in The President’s Challenge actualize their great ideas.  Find more information at http://ilab.harvard.edu/presidents-challenge.

Yong K. Kim ’95 Memorial Prize papers due April 27 to EALS

The Yong K. Kim ’95 Memorial Prize was established by the East Asian Legal Studies program in memory of Yong K. Kim A.B.’92, J.D. ’95 through the generosity of his parents, Professor and Mrs. Joe H. Kim, his family, and many friends at and beyond the Law School. A prize of $1,500 is awarded to the student who makes the most significant contribution to the life of the Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies program. That contribution may take several forms. It may entail authorship of a paper concerning the law or legal history of the nations and peoples of East Asia, or legal issues concerning international relations in the region or with the United States. Alternatively, it may entail active and creative participation in EALS and the fostering of understanding at Harvard Law School regarding East Asia and its interaction with the U.S. The prize recipient should also possess Yong Kim’s interest in and enthusiasm for fostering U.S.-East Asian understanding a
 nd plan a career that will further advance these interests. Papers may be written in conjunction with a course or seminar or as an independent study project at the Law School. Papers should be submitted to the East Asian Legal Studies office (Austin 301)by April 27, 2012. For further information, please contact  Professor William Alford. Website:
http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/writing/prizes.html

Section 3, 4, 5, and 7: Your Section Needs a Green Cup Captain!

We are looking for volunteer captains to lead your section to GREEN victory in the HLS 1L Green Cup!

Each section will compete to achieve the highest % participation in sustainability awareness-building challenges in the spring semester. We are looking for 1 volunteer Green Cup Captain for each section to forward competition information to his or her section and rally classmates’ participation!  Becoming a Green Cup Captain is a great way to gain exposure to your section-mates and requires no prior experience – just a great attitude and an interest in making our campus more sustainable. 

If you are interested in being your section’s Green Cup Captain, want to learn more, or have a suggestion for someone in your section who would be a great leader, please send an email with your section # to  djochnowitz at jd13.law.harvard.edu.

The HLS 1L Green Section Competition Challenges:
•       “Like” sustainability
•       Reducing junk mail
•       Water taste-tests
•       Bringing re-useable beverage containers to class
•       Wearing green on earth day
•       And more!

The prize:
Eternal glory and $500 for your section!
 
The volunteer time commitment:
About 1 hour/month in February, March and April (flexible).

Harvard Business Law Review — Student Writing Contest

HBLR will hold its first annual student writing contest this spring. Submissions should be on a business law topic and be between 6,000 to 12,000 words. The winner will be published in the spring issue of the HBLR and will receive a $500 prize, courtesy of Fenwick & West LLP. Interested students should email  hblrnotes at gmail.com for feedback and assistance on developing potential pieces, including adapting prior work done for credit. Final submissions are due to  hblrnotes at gmail.com on February 12 and will be judged by a separate committee.

Harvard Journal of Law and Gender Student Note Competition

The JLG Student Note Competition is a writing competition open to only HLS students. The winner will be published in the Summer 2012 Symposium issue of JLG and may also have the chance to present his or her work to the Harvard community alongside top academics in the field at our Symposium on Friday, March 30, 2012.  This year the symposium topic is trans issues and the law. We will accept and strongly consider Notes on other topics, but preference will be given to excellent student work on trans issues in order to produce a cohesive Symposium issue.

The deadline for articles will be January 20, 2012. Submissions should include your paper along with a cover letter.  The cover letter should include: (1) the author’s name, year, and contact information; (2) an abstract of the paper; and (3) an explanation of the papers original contribution, if it is not already in the abstract. Please email your submission (your paper and cover letter) to  hlsjlg at mail.law.harvard.edu. with “2012 Student Note Competition” in the email subject line.

For more information, please visit  lherman at jd13.law.harvard.edu and  mwoodford at jd13.law.harvard.edu.

20th Annual Duberstein Moot Court Competition

St. John’s School of Law and the American Bankruptcy Institute are pleased to sponsor the 20th Annual Hon. Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition

Dates
Saturday, March 10 – Monday, March 12, 2012

Preliminary and Octo-final Rounds
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
St. John’s School of Law

Quarter, Semi and Final Rounds
Monday, March 12, 2012
The Conrad B. Duberstein U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse
Brooklyn, New York

Gala Awards Banquet
Monday, March 12, 2012
Pier Sixty
Chelsea Piers
New York, NY

Competitor Information
Official Duberstein Rules
Competitor Registration Brochure

Registration Deadline
The registration deadline is Monday, November 21, 2011. Please fax your registration form to Maureen Mulligan at (718) 990-8300 or mail it to:

Maureen Mulligan
Associate Director
Office of Special Events
St. John’s School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, N.Y. 11439

More Information
Competition:  LLM@stjohns.edu.
Gala Awards Banquet:  duberstein@stjohns.edu
Our past Duberstein Competitions.

We invite you to learn more about the Center for Bankruptcy Studies and the LL.M. in Bankruptcy Program at St. John’s School of Law.

The Indigenous Law Journal Call for Submissions

The Indigenous Law Journal
Volume 11

Call for Submissions

Deadline: January 16, 2012

The Indigenous Law Journal is dedicated to developing dialogue and scholarship in the field of Indigenous legal issues, both within Canada and internationally. We encourage submissions from all perspectives on these issues. Our central concerns are Indigenous legal systems and the interaction of other legal systems with Indigenous peoples.
We are the only legal periodical in Canada with this focus. We welcome the addition of your voice to the discussion.

Submissions must conform to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 7th Edition.
For full details on the submissions process and student awards, please see:
 www.indigenouslawjournal.org or send submissions to  submissions.ilj at utoronto.ca

Please address questions to Justin Basinger & Erin Pavan, Co-Editors-in-Chief:
 indiglaw.journal at utoronto.ca

State Bar of California 2012 Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure

2012 COMPETITION FOR STUDENT PAPERS

IN CRIMINAL LAW AND/OR CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

The Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California is pleased to announce its Fourth Annual Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure

PRIZES

GRAND PRIZE

♦       $500 cash prize

♦       The Grand Prize –winning paper will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California

♦       One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section

THREE HONORABLE MENTION PRIZES:

♦       $150 cash prize

♦       Each of the papers awarded Honorable Mention status will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California

♦       One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for consideration, the paper must be written solely by a student enrolled in law school at the time the author submits a paper to this Competition.

CONTEST RULES

The paper must pertain to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California.  The paper should be original and scholarly.  It should be appropriately and carefully annotated to reflect the authorities that support the author’s opinions and findings, and upon which the author otherwise relies.

Papers should be between 1,500 and 4,000 words in length, including any citations, and should follow the citation style of The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation.  Papers that have previously been published in a book, journal, magazine, or newspaper are not eligible.

Papers submitted to the Competition must be in Word format and sent by e-mail attachment to each of the Criminal Law Journal co-editors:

Lani Biafore (BiaforeL@sacda.org) and Anne Perry ( Anne.Perry2 at usdoj.gov)

Papers submitted to the 2012 Criminal Law Section Student Paper Competition must be e-mailed no later than midnight, February 29, 2012.  Submissions must be accompanied by an e-mail cover letter verifying the author’s current law school enrollment and authorizing the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar to publish the paper in the Criminal Law Journal.

JUDGING

The papers will be judged on their originality and informational value, as well as the quality of the author’s legal research, writing and analysis.  The decision of the judges is final.  Papers must be of publishable quality, and the Criminal Law Section reserves the right not to award one or more of the listed prizes, if, in the sole opinion of the judges, the papers submitted in the Competition do not meet its standards.

The Criminal Law Section reserves the right to edit the papers that are selected for publication.

For information about the Criminal Law Section see:

 http://criminallaw.calbar.ca.gov

JLG Student Note Competition: submit by January 20, 2012

The JLG Student Note Competition is a writing competition open to only HLS students. The winner will be published in the Summer 2012 Symposium issue of JLG and may also have the chance to present his or her work to the Harvard community alongside top academics in the field at our Symposium on Friday, March 30, 2012.  This year the symposium topic is trans issues and the law.

Please email your submission (your paper, abstract, and cover letter) to  hlsjlg at law.harvard.edu with “2012 Student Note Competition” in the email subject line. Submissions are due 1/20/2012.  Please visit http://harvardjlg.com/submissions/ for additional information.

Third Annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition

The DePaul University Moot Court Team and the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation would like to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in the Third Annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition in Chicago, Illinois. This year’s competition will be held February 24 – 25, 2012, at the Everett McKinley Dirksen Federal Courthouse, home of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Competition has been a great success in the past and judges have included distinguished academics, practitioners, and active judges. This year we are proud to welcome Judge Diane Wood of the Seventh Circuit to our final round judging panel.

Cultural heritage law deals with our most prized possessions and spans beyond national borders; it has become the subject of contentious legal debates and policies. This dynamic and growing legal field deals with the issues that arise as our society comes to appreciate the important symbolic, historical, and emotional role that cultural heritage plays in our lives. It encompasses several areas of law: protection of archeological sites; preservation of historic structures and the built environment; preservation of and respect for both tangible and intangible indigenous cultural heritage; the international market in art works and antiquities; and recovery of stolen art works.

The 2012 problem will address two issues concerning the Theft of Major Artwork Act (18 U.S.C. § 668). The first focuses on Congress’ Article I, Section 8 authority to regulate interstate commerce and the second on statutory interpretation of the Act.

Registration is now open, and applications will be accepted until November 11th. Additional information about the registration process is available on our website at law.depaul.edu and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Competition committee anytime at  chmoot at gmail.com or by telephone at (603) 548-2679.

 

Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court competition

The International Institute of Space Law (IISL) has released the Problem for the 21st Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition in 2012. Also, the Manfred Lachs Trophy has now found a permanent home in the Peace Palace, the seat of the International Court of justice (ICJ).

The student competition is based on a hypothetical space law dispute before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Preliminary competitions will be held between March and June 2012 in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific. A new African regional round is being planned for 2012. The winning teams of the regional rounds will meet in the World Finals in Naples, Italy in October 2012 during the annual IISL Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, in the framework of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC). The Final Round is traditionally judged by three judges of the International Court of Justice.

The “Case concerning On-orbit Collision, Non-cooperative Satellite Removal, and Damages”, is available at http://www.iislweb.org/docs/2012problem.pdf.

The 2012 Problem challenges the students to research and debate the legal issues posed by space debris including mitigation and removal measures, and the use of satellites as a tool to combat natural disasters on Earth.

The contact details for the Regional Rounds are:

Asia Pacific:  Dr. Yuri TAKAYA (Ms.) –  lachsmoot-asiapacific at iislweb.org

Europe:   Mr. Raphael Milchberg –  lachsmoot-europe at iislweb.org

North America:  Dr. Milton (Skip) Smith –  lachsmoot-northamerica at iislweb.org

 

More information about the competition can be found at: http://www.iislweb.org/lachsmoot

More information about the IISL can be found at: http://www.iislweb.org/.

National Cultural Heritage Moot Court Competition

The DePaul University Moot Court Team and the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation would like to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in the Third Annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition in Chicago, Illinois. This year’s competition will be held February 24-25, 2012, at the Everett McKinley Dirksen Federal Courthouse, home of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Competition has been a great success in the past and our judges have included distinguished academics, practitioners, and active judges. This year we are proud to welcome Judge Diane Wood of the Seventh Circuit to our final round judging panel.

Cultural heritage law deals with our most prized possessions and spans beyond national borders; it has become the subject of contentious legal debates and policies. This dynamic and growing legal field deals with the issues that arise as our society comes to appreciate the important symbolic, historical and emotional role that cultural heritage plays in our lives. It encompasses several areas of law: protection of archaeological sites; preservation of historic structures and the built environment; preservation of and respect for both the tangible and intangible indigenous cultural heritage; the international market in art works and antiquities; and recovery of stolen art works.

The 2012 problem will address two issues concerning the Theft of Major Artwork Act (18 U.S.C. § 668). The first focuses on Congress’ Article I, Section 8 authority to regulate interstate commerce and the second on statutory interpretation of the Act.

We would love to see your school participate in the competition this Spring. Registration is now open, and applications will be accepted until November 11th.

Additional information about the registration process is available on our website at law.depaul.edu and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Competition committee anytime at  chmoot at gmail.com or by telephone at (603) 548-2679.

Invitation to Apply to the South Texas Mock Trial Challenge

The inaugural South Texas Mock Trial Challenge in Houston, Texas will be held on March 29 to April 1, 2012.

The tournament will honor the memory of legendary Houston trial lawyer, John O’Quinn, and the problem will focus on contemporary medical-legal issues. During the four-day event, teams will argue a minimum of three rounds before panels of prestigious judges, attorneys, and law faculty.

Please see the Dean of Students Office for an application

IASLA Space Law Moot Court Competition

The IASLA Space Law Moot is an international mooting competition organized annually by the International Air and Space Law Association. It has regional rounds held in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America. The Competition provides an opportunity for law students to compete against some of the best law schools in the region as well as the added benefits of networking and interacting with teams from other countries.

In order to participate in the IASLA Space Law Moot, all you need is 2 to 4 committed and enthusiastic law students that are interested in expanding their knowledge in international law and gaining international mooting experience. Historically, teams without a background in space law or even a coach have been quite successful in space law mooting competitions.

The North American Regional Rounds will be held from March 29 to April 1, 2012 in New York, where teams will compete to reach the International Finals in Hong Kong on July 5, 2012. For more information, including the moot problem, registration forms, rules, timetables and other resources are available from http://www.spacemoot.org.

The registration deadline for the Competition is Friday, 13 January 2012.

We shall warmly welcome your participation in the North American Regional Rounds of the 2012 IASLA Space Law Moot Court Competition. If you have any queries about participating, please do not hesitate to contact Kristie Blase, our North American Regional Director at  kristie.blase at spacemoot.org.

Invitation to Compete in the 2011 NYU Immigration Law Moot Court Competition

The 2012 New York University School of Law Immigration Law Moot Court Competition will be held February 24-26, 2012.

This will be the 7th Annual Immigration Law Moot Court Competition. It is held every year at NYU School of Law in Greenwich Village in New York City. The NYU School of Law Moot Court Board administers this competition, which aims to foster interest in immigration law and excellence in oral advocacy. Last year, fourteen schools from all over the country traveled to New York to compete. The competition lasts for three days, and on the last day the final two teams with the best oral advocacy and brief scores compete in a final argument before a panel of three prominent judges.

To find out more information about the competition, and to download an application, please visit:

 http://www.law.nyu.edu/journals/mootcour…

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Committee of the International Graduate Legal Research Conference (IGLRC) 2012 invites abstract submissions for consideration. The sixth annual IGLRC will be held over two days, April 19-20, at King’s College London, in the heart of London’s legal quarter. The conference provides early career researchers with an unparalleled opportunity to engage in academic debate. We invite submissions from research students in any area of (or related to) law. The subject panels will be chaired by eminent scholars and practitioners in each subject-field. The topics covered by this year’s conference include (but are not limited to):
Commercial Law
Competition Law
Contracts
Criminal Law Criminology & Criminal Justice
European Union Law
Family Law
International Economic Law
International and Human Rights Law
Legal Theory
Medical Law
Public Law
Tort
Abstracts must be no longer than 350 words in length. Submissions will only be accepted via our website: www.iglrc.com. Submissions from applicants without a valid university/institution email address will be rejected.
The closing date for receipt of abstracts is Monday, 12th December 2011. Successful applicants will be informed by 1st February 2012. The authors of abstracts selected for presentation will be expected to submit completed papers (with a maximum length of 6,000 words by 1st April 2012.