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Law Essay Competitions 2009

Have you won a writing competition and want to be listed here? Email Liz Hobbs at lhobbs@lclark.edu.

U. of Iowa J. of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems Trandafir Writing Competition

Caroline Thompson (Lina) won the international law-focused writing competition for her capstone, Ethical Consumerism as a Human Rights Enforcement Mechanism: The Coffee Cultivation Model. She will be published in Spring 2015 and won a cash prize.

ABA Public Land Law & Policy Writing Competition

Nick Lawton, Environmental & Natrual Resources Law LL.M. student, won second prize for his seminar paper on, “Utah’s Transfer of Public Lands Act: Demanding a Gift of Federal Lands.” The win earned him a stipend and an invitation to the ABA’s Public Land conference in New Mexico 2014.

ABA Energy Law Student Writing Competition

Rob Molinelli was named the first-place winner in the 2011-2012 Energy Law Writing Competition sponsored by the ABA.  His paper focused on one aspect of a recent decision by a federal district court in California that struck down California’s low carbon fuel standard under dormant Commerce Clause. His paper will be published in an upcoming ABA joint energy/environmental/finance law publication in June 2012.

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition 

Rebecca C. Guiao, 3L, was named the first-place winner in the 2011-2012 American Indian Law Review Writing Competition.  The law review is from the University of Oklahoma and it runs an annual Indian law writing competition.  Her paper is entitled:  “How Tribal Water Rights Are Won in the West: Three Case Studies from the Northwest.”  Her paper will be published by the law review and has won $1000.

Davis Wright Tremaine International Writing Award

First Prize:  Rachel Buker’s article entitled “Customary International Law: An Alternative Theory for the Repartriation of Stolen and Illegally Exported Cultural Property”, won the 2009 first place award on the topic of international law.  The  writing competition award for first place is a $2000 stipend provided by the generosity of Davis Wright Termaine LLP.  

2009 NYU Environmental Essay Contest

Tarah Heinzen’s article about addressing air pollution from factory farms will be published in NYU Enviromental Law Journal this summer. It was selected through a competition she entered in December. Here’s a link to the competition announcement (PDF).

1st Prize in ASCAP’s Burkan Copyright Competition

Recent Lewis & Clark Law School graduate, Ms. Melanie E. Kebler, won 1st Prize in the Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition with her essay entitled “Copyright Legislation Challenges and the First Amendment: Eldred’s Opening and a New Direction for Copyright Law Evaluation.”

Publication in the Defense Counsel Journal

Dorothy Schmidt won the International Association of Defense Counsel legal writing contest. Her paper will be published in the Defense Counsel Journal.

Publication in NAELA Journal

Jerry Carleton won publication of his paper in the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Student Journal.

National Writing Honor

Tami Santelli won a cash prize in the Pacific Legal Foundation writing contest.

AILR Writing Competition Winner

Student Michael Lawrence won the American Indian Law Review writing competition.

      Phanor J. Eder Prize in Comparative Law

On behalf of the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law, would like to congratulate Philip Thoennes as the first runner-up winner from competitors around the world.

Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition: Recipients

Laura Dolbow,
Vanderbilt University Law School, “Appropriating Agencies: How Congress Leverages Legislative History to Direct Agency Action”

Gugandeep Kaur
, Boston University School of Law,“Indian Pharmaceutical Industry’s Compliance Problems with the United States Food and Drug Administration and Proposed Solutions”

Brian T. Apel
, University of Michigan Law School, Class of 2016, “An Administrative Meter Maid: Using Inter Partes Review and Post-Grant Review to Curb Exclusivity Parking Via the Failure to Market Provision of the Hatch-Waxman Act.”


Matthew P. Downer, Vanderbilt University Law School, “Tentative Interpretations: The Abracadabra of Administrative Rulemaking and the End of Alaska Hunters”


Taylor M. Owings, Vanderbilt University Law School,Identifying a Maverick: When Antitrust Law Should Protect a Low-Cost Competitor


Daniel Kazhdan, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Wyeth and PLIVA: The Law of Inadequate Drug Labeling


Aaron Moore, American University Washington College of Law, "Preserving the Ark of Our Safety: How a Stronger Administrative Approach Could Save Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act"

Jasmine C. Hites
, University of Oregon School of Law, "NERC: Nuked by Constitutional Flaw?"

Connor Raso
, Yale Law School, "Do Agencies Use Guidance Documents to Avoid Presidential Control?"

Karen Weathersbee
, University of Baltimore School of Law,"Quarantine: Its Use and Limitations"

Scott Keller
, University of Texas School of Law, "Expanding Federalism Clear Statement Canons Instead of Chevron Step Zero"

Kari Bergeron
, Southern University Law Center, "Singing the Blues: Muddy Waters and the Scope of Federal Authority Over Isolated, Inland Wetlands under the Clean Water Act"

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