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National Legal Writing Scholarship Opportunities

International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition

Topic:  This competition aims to promote interest and enhance scholarship in international humanitarian law among students as well as deepen their understanding of this important area of international law.
Deadline:  October 7, 2015

Securities Law Writing Competition - 2015

Topic:  Any subject in the field of securities law

Deadline:  November 13, 2015

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers 2016 Writing Competition

Topic:  Address a topic on consumer financial services, but not securities regulation, insurance, or the safety-amd-soundness aspects of banking regulation.  Works on subjects within these (or other) areas, however, will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.

Deadline:  December 1, 2015

Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition

Topic:  This competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences.  The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.  Any topic relating to disability law, including legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.
Deadline:  January 15, 2016

2016 Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights

Topic:  The suggested theme for this year's Writing Prize is "Restoring Public Insurance Coverage for Abortion," focusing on the Hyde Amendment and Harris v. McRae (1980); however, writing on other topics will also be accepted.  We encourage students to think creatively and expansively about reproductive rights and justice (RR/RJ) and to analyze issues using an intersectional lens - considering the impact of demographic and institutional factors such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and immigration status.  Other RR/RJ issues that may be explored, for example:  Abortion access for low-income women; birthing options; Immigration reform and RR/RJ; LGBTQ community and RR/RJ; Parenting with safety and dignity; Policing and prosecution of pregnant women; rape culture and its impact on RR/RJ; and Sex education.  Papers should have a domestic focus, but may draw on international and comparative materials.  Authors are asked to apply an RJ and/or human rights framework to their analyses of the issues.  We encourage writing that amplifies lesser-heard voices, applies an intersectional approach to legal thinkingm, suggests innovative solutions, and/or takes into account the practical realities and the lived experiences of the people most affected by reproductive oppression.

Deadline:  Monday, January 18, 2016