The Witan, 2013-2014 Academic Year Issue 12, November 11, 2013

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The Witan, 2013-2014 Academic Year Issue 12, November 11, 2013

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WITAN
St. Mary’s University School of Law Issue 12 November 11, 2013 By LHB
Submit articles to be published to Ms. Bebe Gonzalez (bgonzalez4@stmarytx.edu) in electronic format by noon Thursday

VETERANS DAY REMEMBRANCE CELEBRATION ATTENTION CLASS OF 2015 STUDENTS OIL, GAS AND ENERGY RESOURCES LAW SOCIETY SAME SEX DIVORCE IN TEXAS? WINE AND WIT 80’S PARTY WLA ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY COMPLETION OF LEGAL STUDIES CEREMONY BE THE ATTORNEY OF RECORD IS YOUR STUDENT ORGANIZATION IN COMPLIANCE? PRO BONO PROGRAM IMPORTANT ANNOUCMENTS PRO BONO PROGRAM CONTACT AND 2014 DATES JFK ASSASSINATION – THEORIES AND QUESTIONS OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES PROGRAMS NOISE LEVELS IN THE LAW CLASSROOM BUILDING TEXAS LAWYERS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR LAW STUDENTS TEXAS BAR EXAMINATION FILING DEADLINES PRACTICE SKILLS REQUIREMENTS AVAILABLE SPRING 2014 1

LOOKING TO GAIN LEGAL EXPERIENCE AND GET ACADEMIC CREDIT? EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS REOPENS FELLOWS APPLICATIONS IN TEXAS ST. THOMAS MORE SOCIETY BIBLE STUDY EXPOSITORY BIBLE CLASS ATTENTION STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS WRITING COMPETITIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

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VETERANS DAY REMEMBRANCE CELEBRATION School of Law
Join us for Veterans Day ceremony and dinner with classmates and faculty who proudly honor your service to our country on Monday, November 11, 2013. The ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m.in the Law Plaza and dinner will be served in the law classroom building foyer promptly at 5:15 p.m. Thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedoms. This event is co-sponsored by Law Ministry, ESBA, and the Military Law Association.

CLASS OF 2015 STUDENTS Applying to a Federal Clerkship
The Office of Career Services has received information that OSCAR is being opened to all 2Ls effective November 4, 2013. This means that you can go on the site (https://oscar.uscourts.gov) and see judges that are hiring for your class and apply to them through OSCAR or their preferred method of receipt. If you are interested in pursuing a federal clerkship after graduation we are here and ready to work with you to get your applications completed. Below is a list of things you should begin doing to prepare for the process: 1) Review the court websites for all courts you are interested in applying to and create an excel spreadsheet that includes the names of the judges and the courts you are interested in. You can do this by Googling the court; go to their website and look up their list of judges. 2) Once you have created a list, meet with Alicia to discuss a timeline. She may be able to reach out to the courts and find out when the judges are hiring. Note: Alicia will be calling all state and federal judges in the state of Texas and we will post their hiring timelines as an announcement in Symplicity as we get the information. 3) Start seeking out recommenders as you will need 2-3 and they are usually law school professors. Ask the recommenders to send their letters to Alicia at amendoza1@stmarytx.edu in Word format so she can upload them to OSCAR and have them printed for hard copy applications. 4) Most of this can be done after finals and we strongly recommend you make an appointment with our office to go over your game plan if you plan to apply to judges. The official announcement from OSCAR and the Federal Courts is below. If you have any questions please contact Office of Career Services at 210.436.3511, email Director Patrick at spatrick@stmarytx.edu or Alicia at amendoza1@stmarytx.edu or come see us on the 2nd floor of the Law Library in room 216. 3

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts and the OSCAR Working Group would like to thank the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Judicial Clerkship Section and its law school members for providing informative feedback on the 2013 clerkship season. The OSCAR Working Group of judges and law school representatives recently met and, after careful consideration, recommended de-linking OSCAR from the Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan (Hiring Plan). The first step is to allow second-year law school students (“2Ls”) access to OSCAR as soon as possible. In response, the Administrative Office has opened OSCAR to “2Ls” effective today (November 4, 2013), and OSCAR will release their applications when finalized rather than holding them until a specified release date. As part of de-linking OSCAR from the Hiring Plan, the OSCAR Working Group will further consider providing first-year law school students (“1Ls”) access to OSCAR at its annual meeting in November. I will provide further information on the outcome of this deliberation after the meeting. A transparent and fair recruitment process is important to the Administrative Office and the OSCAR Working Group. The Administrative Office Director, Judge John D. Bates, sent a communication today to all federal judges informing them that “2Ls” have access to OSCAR and their applications will be available online at the time of submission. The communication encouraged all judges to use OSCAR to accept applications online, post their positions, and maintain a current judge profile that communicates their hiring preferences.

OIL, GAS AND ENERGY RESOURCES LAW SOCIETY
Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Society will host two meetings this week, Tuesday November 12th and Thursday November 14th, both at 4:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the Law Administration building. These will be the last two meetings of the semester and will be a symposium on "hot topics" in the Oil and Gas Industry, covered by two very knowledgeable oil and gas attorneys from the area. An early dinner will be provided.

SAME SEX DIVORCE IN TEXAS?
The American Constitutional Society in partnership with Outlaw and the Woman’s Law Student Association would like to invite you to discuss same-sex marriage in a postDOMA Texas. We are proud to host Jason P. Steed, attorney for the plaintiffs in the case In the matter of the marriage of J.B and H.B. on November 14, 2013 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Alumni Room of the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library. Food and drinks will be provided. A viewing party for those interested in watching the oral arguments on Wednesday November 13, 2013 will be held in the Atrium, Law Administration building, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

WOMEN’S LAW ASSOCIATION EVENTS WINE AND WIT 80’S PARTY ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION
The Women’s Law Association (WLA) has a couple of great events coming up this 4

month! First will be our fall social event a Wine and Wit “80’s Party.” There will be plenty of food, fun, and 80’s fashion to go around at our social chair, Summer Bruington’s home, 223 W. Agarita, San Antonio, Texas 78212, Friday, November 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend but non WLA members will need to pay $5 at the door. So pull out the hair crimpers, leg warmers, and neon pants to join WLA in one last night of fun before we all take finals. Another exciting event is our Annual Silent Auction on Wednesday November 20, 2013 (Preview Day) and Thursday November 21, 2013 (Auction Day) in the Alumni Room. This year’s auction will benefit Seton Home here in San Antonio. Seton Home is a local non-profit which provides assistance to young girls going through a teen pregnancy who have chosen to keep their babies. All students, faculty and staff are invited to come out to view the great selection of items we have on Wednesday the 20th and bidding will begin on Thursday the 21st at 10:00 a.m. Not only will we have great items such as dinners with professors, jewelry, restaurant gift cards, and many other donations for silent bidding, we will also have a raffle for a Kindle Fire and a live auction portion. Be on the lookout for our flyers that will soon be posted on the bulletin boards around campus with more information on these two fantastic events.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Olive Trueheart Scholarship The San Antonio Bar Auxiliary Foundation will present a second year student at St. Mary’s with the Olive Trueheart Scholarship. The student must have at least a B average (3.0 or above) and demonstrate financial need. The law school will select the recipient and the check for $2,500 will be presented on March 25, 2014. A letter applying for the scholarship should be emailed to Associate Dean Victoria Mather, vmather@stmarytx.edu or you may bring the letter to her office in Room 103 of the Law Administration building. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 25, 2013.

COMPLETION OF LEGAL STUDIES CEREMONY
The December 2013 Completion of Legal Studies Ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will be held in the Law Classroom building, Ribis Courtroom (rooms 101-102-103). Students participating in the ceremony should plan to arrive by 9:00 a.m. to robe and line-up. A reception will follow at Lisa’s Mexican Restaurant, 815 Bandera Road, San Antonio, Texas 78228. Please RSVP to Ms. Becky Adams at 210.431.5017 before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2013.

BE THE ATTORNEY OF RECORD
Student Attorneys enrolled in Clinic courses for credit are gaining valuable skills and accomplishing great things for their clients! Here are a few highlights: 5

Civil Justice Clinic Students  Protected an elderly widower from foreclosure by winning a motion for summary judgment.   Wrote an administrative brief which resulted in a successful settlement offer with the IRS, saving the client $20,000. Mediated and successfully settled a custody modification case.

Criminal Justice Clinic Students  Argued in a felony criminal appeal before Chief Justice Stone, Justice Marion and Justice Alvarez of the Fourth Court of Appeals.  Prepared for a DWI trial with simulated exercises, including: jury selection, crossexamination, opening statements, and admitting evidence.

Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Students  Won asylum for three young siblings from Mexico in fear of drug violence involving members of their immediate family.  Secured visas for victims of domestic violence under the Violence Against Women Act.

Please be on the lookout for more information about Clinic applications, how you can enroll, and be a part of Clinic during the Spring semester!

IS YOUR STUDENT ORGANIZATION IN COMPLIANCE?
The below listed student organizations that have been active at the Law School in the past need to complete paperwork, risk management training, or both in order to be in compliance with University requirements. If you are in one of these organizations and want help getting into compliance, or if you want to see about reviving a dormant organization on this list, please contact Director Kathryn Tullos at ktullos@stmarytx.edu. ACLU Student Body Society Alternative Dispute Resolution Association American Constitution Society Animal Rights Advocates (may also be called Animal Welfare Advocates) Bobcat Bar Association Christian Legal Society Computer Law Association Criminal Law Association Defense Counsel of San Antonio Student Chapter Delta Alpha Delta Delta Theta Phi 6

Education Law Association Employment/Labor Law Association Environmental Law Association Family Law Association Health Law Society Intellectual Property Students Association Jewish Law Students Association J. Reuben Clark Law Society Land of Enchantment Law Association Legal Society for Musicians Legal Sports Society Mexican American Law Student Association Native American Law Students Association Property Law Association Public Interest Law Association Restorative Justice Project St. Mary’s Society for Law and Life Single Parent Law Student Organization Society of Legal Entrepreneurship Sports, Entertainment, and Arts Law Society Students Older Than Dirt

PRO BONO PROGRAM IMPORTANT ANNOUCMENTS
ARE YOU GRADUATING IN DECEMBER? If you have not turned in all your Pro Bono and Community Service Hours, the deadline is November 16th. Make sure you email your tracking forms to stmarysprobono@gmail.com. DO YOU HAVE OLD TRACKING FORMS? All tracking forms are due by December 14th. This includes tracking for ANY past pro bono or community service activities. Any forms not received by December 14th are not guaranteed to be taken. You can turn the forms into carrel 101 or email a scan copy of stmarysprobono@gmail.com. NEW STUDENT COORDINATORS: We want to welcome Kerriann Britt and Olivia Mallary to The Pro Bono Program. Kerriann will be working with our Family Law Clinic and Olivia will be working with People’s Law School. We are proud to have you on our team. PRO BONO PROGRAM SCHOLARHIP OPPORTUNITY: St. Mary’s Pro Bono Program is excited to announce that The Community Justice Program is now accepting applications for the AT&T Excellence in Pro Bono Spring 2014 Scholarship award. The AT&T Excellence in Pro Bono Legal Service Award is designed to encourage law students to develop a strong commitment to pro bono legal service while in law school, with a goal toward fostering a lasting commitment to pro bono service in their future professional practice. This partnership between AT&T and the CJP provides the selected 2L or 3L, who is in the top third of their class, a $2,500 scholarship for 60 hours of work for the CJP. Any St. Mary’s law student who meets 7

the criteria is eligible to apply, they do not have to be a clinic student or have previously volunteered for CJP. Application can be found on The Pro Bono /Public Service TWEN Page. If you have any questions, please feel free to email stmarysprobono@gmail.com.

PRO BONO PROGRAM CONTACT AND 2014 DATES
Pro Bono Fellow Victoria Bongat – 210.438.6199 – vbongat@stmarytx.edu Pro Bono RA Julia E. Null - 214.914.2661 - juliaelizabethnull@gmail.com Catholic Charities Legal Aid Clinic (formally Ask-A-Lawyer) Ashley Graham - 409.659.3161 - agraham3@mail.stmarytx.edu Kevin Bennett- 256.683.9204 - kevin.bertan.bennett@gmail.com Clinic Dates TBA Texas RioGrande Legal Aid – Family law Julia E. Null - 214.914.2661- juliaelizabethnull@gmail.com Cynthia Olson-210.290.7819 - colson2@mail.stmarytx.edu Kerriann Britt- 210.288.9356 - Keabritt@gmail.com February 11, 2014 March 18, 2014 April 22, 2014 May 13, 2014 June 10, 2014 St. Mary’s Center for Legal and Social Justice – Wills Rebecca Pitts -210.332.9704 - rqpitts@hotmail.com Landry Redding - 512.694.6980 - landryredding@yahoo.com January 21, 2014 April 15, 2014 Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital – Veterans Lisa Germano - 860.922.6356 - lisabeth.germano@gmail.com Paolo M Nangcas - 832.363.7501 - paolonangcas@utexas.edu January 17, 2014 February 21, 2014 - St. Mary’s Journal March 21, 2014 April 11, 2014 May 16, 2014 June 20, 2014 Border Outreach Sister Susan Skidmore - 210.431.5752 - sskidmore@stmarytx.edu 8

Clinic Dates TBA People’s Law School Student Coordinator & Law Ministry Assistant Naomi Howard - 512.699.5988 - hownao@gmail.com Olivia Mallary - 504.495.4196 - olivia.mallary@gmail.com February, 2014

JFK ASSASSINATION – THEORIES AND QUESTIONS
Join L. Wayne Scott, Professor of Law and Director of ADR Studies on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in LC104 as he speaks on the JFK Assassination – Theories and Questions. This event is open to the public.

OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES PROGRAMS
Please RSVP to attend any of the below listed programs: RSVP in the “Events” section of Symplicity under “Workshops.” You will not be included in the head count for food if you do not RSVP at least 24-hours before the event. You may still attend the event; however, we ask that you do not eat until after the program concludes. Practice Area Fair Tuesday, November 12, 2013 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Law Alumni Room. Dress code is office casual. Learn about legal practice areas. Nacho bar. Door prizes awarded each hour. Come and meet alumni. This will be a great opportunity for students to learn about various areas of legal practice. During the event, each practice area will be stationed at a table, where participating attorneys will discuss their work and interact with the students in attendance. The event gives students a better understanding of the work involved in various types of law practice. Students are welcome to come through the fair as their schedule allows. They are not expected to stay the entire time.

NOISE LEVELS IN THE LAW CLASSROOM BUILDING
Many students and professors have complained about excessive noise in the hallways of the law classroom building. Please remember that classes are in session during most hours of the day and evening. Group conversations should be kept quiet or moved outside. Thank you!

TEXAS LAWYERS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR LAW STUDENTS
The State Bar’s Texas Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP) has produced a quick video about how TLAP can help law students navigate the pressures of law school. It’s on the Bar’s web page and Twitter Account. Twitter (https://twitter.com/texasbartoday); YouTube http://youtu.be/eubczDDH8Q0

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TEXAS BAR EXAMINATION FILING DEADLINES
The next deadline for the Texas Bar Examination application is November 30, 2013. File No Earlier Than June 30 November 30 Timely Postmark Deadline August 30 January 30 Absolute Postmark Deadline
Late Fee Required

Examination Dates February July

October 30 March 30

Deadlines are STRICTLY enforced. Please refer to the Texas Board of Law Examiners website http://www.ble.state.tx.us/exam_info/deadlines_tbe.htm for more information.

PRACTICE SKILLS REQUIREMENTS AVAILABLE SPRING 2014
St. Mary’s now offers two additional ways to meet student practice skills requirement for graduation. Both avenues are available to students in Spring 2014. 1) Contract Drafting with Professor Walch The Contract Drafting course will teach students the principles of contemporary commercial drafting and introduce them to documents typically used in a variety of transactions. The skills students will gain will be applicable to any transactional practice and will even be useful to litigators. On finishing the course, students should know: the business purpose of each of the contract concepts; how to translate the business deal into contract concepts; how to draft each of a contract’s parts; how to draft with clarity and without ambiguity; how to add value to a deal; how to work through the drafting process; and how to review and comment on a contract. Students will perform drafting and contract negotiation exercises throughout the semester, and course grades will be based on several drafting exercises and class participation. 2) The Practice Credit Program The Practice Credit Program (3 credit hour Externship program only) offers students the opportunity to earn course credit while performing a legal externship. Details of the program may be found at https://www.stmarytx.edu/academics/law/centers/practice-creditprogram/externships/. For more information, please contact Amanda Rivas at arivas@stmarytx.edu or 210.431.5712. In addition to many opportunities at nonprofit and government offices, the Practice Credit Program now has an externship available at the general counsel’s office of a large company in San Antonio, and several more potential sites are being negotiated.

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PRACTICE CREDIT PROGRAMS
LOOKING TO GAIN LEGAL EXPERIENCE AND GET ACADEMIC CREDIT? Spring or Summer 2014 INTERNSHIPS/EXTERNSHIPS START NOW: Check out Symplicity or use your own contacts to secure an eligible position. For eligibility questions, please contact Amanda Rivas, arivas@stmarytx.edu. Best Advice NOW: Contact Amanda Rivas, Associate Director of Practice Credit Programs, for a meeting to save you time and energy. Email: arivas@stmarytx.edu; Office phone: (210) 4315712. NEW OFFICE HOURS at Career Services Office: Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and Thursday, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Read about the two program options (PCP Externship or PCP Independent Study) on our website: https://www.stmarytx.edu/academics/law/centers/practice-credit-program/. PLAN ahead: The PCP Externship program requires a MANDATORY class before you start working. The PCP Independent Study Program does NOT require this class. Spring Class: Friday, January 10, 2014 Summer Class: Saturday, May 10, 2014 Saturday, June 7, 2014 DISCLAIMER: You may attend the class even if you are not formally registered and you are still trying to solidify a placement. If you get a qualified job later and have not attended the class, you will be precluded from registering for the Externship course and gaining the maximum amount of credits.

EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS REOPENS FELLOWS APPLICATIONS IN TEXAS FOR TAJF-FUNDED LEGAL AID PROGRAMS
Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) has provided funding for Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellowships at TAJF grantee sites since 1999. Recently TAJF learned the EJWs’ applicant pool for the 2014-16 class has very few applicants with TAJF grantees as the host organization. TAJF has asked EJW to re-open the application to expand and diversify the pool. Equal Justice Works is re-opening the competition and strongly encourages third-year law students to consider applying. The new deadline for Fellowship applications is December 1, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Depending on funding, EJW is able to provide between 45-55 two-year fellowships annually. Fellows receive a competitive salary, generous loan repayment assistance, connections to their prominent sponsors, participation in trainings, and additional support during their two-year tenure. To apply to the program please go to http://equaljusticeworks.org/postgrad/equal-justice-works-fellowships/apply and to download the application guide, go to http://files.equaljusticeworks.org/2014_ejw_fellowship_app_guide.pdf. 11

BIBLE STUDY ST. THOMAS MORE SOCIETY
Please join us at weekly bible study hosted by the St. Thomas More Society every Wednesday from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. in Raba, LF 202A. We will have a brief lesson and discussion every week over the gospel. The discussion will be focused on how we can apply what we have learned to our future careers. Also, we will end our study with a short meeting to keep members informed about upcoming events. Snacks will be provided so come hungry. For more information please contact Seth Sullivan at sully078@aol.com or Kerriann Britt at keabritt@gmail.com.

EXPOSITORY BIBLE CLASS
Those interested in learning the methodology and mechanics of the Bible are invited to attend Professor Jeffrey Addicott’s “Bible Class”. The classes are free and open to the public. Bible classes are held in the small conference room at the Center for Terrorism Law in the Raba building. Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. The classes cover individual books of the Bible using categorical, theological, and analytical teaching. Bring a pen and notebook! For more information contact Evan Anders at evananders13@gmail.com or (361) 920-3504.

ATTENTION STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS EVENT SET-UPS
Work Order requests for event set-ups should be submitted 10-days in advance to Ofilia Rodarte, Dean’s Office, orodarte@stmarytx.edu. Please note this is a St. Mary’s University Housekeeping Division policy. This advance notice allows the Housekeeping Division to appropriately schedule staff, set-up and breakdown of your event. Work Orders received after this deadline will be accommodated when possible, however not guaranteed.

WRITING COMPETITIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
If a link is not provided below for detailed information to any of the below writing competitions, fellowships or scholarships, please email Bebe Gonzalez, Office of Academic and Student Affairs at bgonzalez4@stmarytx.edu. The Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc. (ASECA) is pleased to announce their 2013 Securities Law Writing Competition. First prize is $5,000, second prize is $3,000 and third prize is $2,000. The topic may be any subject in the field of securities law. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2013, and papers scheduled for publication in 2013 or 2014 are eligible for submission. Co-authored papers are not eligible. Mail two copies of submission to ASECA, P. 12

O. Box 5767, Washington, D.C., 20016. Deadline to submit a paper is November 15, 2013. The Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc. (ASECA) is pleased to announce their 2013 Securities Law Writing Competition. First prize is $5,000, second prize is $3,000 and third prize is $2,000. The topic may be any subject in the field of securities law. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2013, and papers scheduled for publication in 2013 or 2014 are eligible for submission. Co-authored papers are not eligible. Mail two copies of submission to ASECA, P. O. Box 5767, Washington, D.C., 20016. Deadline to submit a paper is November 15, 2013. Texas Aviation and Space Lawyers Scholarship and the Aviation Law Section of the State Bar of Texas seek nominations for a $2,000 scholarship for a deserving second or third year law student purusing the study of Aviation and Space Law. Nominations must be received by December 10, 2013. Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP is pleased to announce its Diversity Scholars Award of $2,000 to one deserving second-year law student in each region. For more information and to download an application, please go online to http://www.constangy.com/f-4.html. Completed applications must be received by December 11, 2013. The State Bar of Texas Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law (REPTL) announces their Student Writing Contest. Two winners, one in Probate and Trust and one in Real Estate will receive $5,000.00 cash and a one-year free membership in the Section. For contest rules please go to http://www.reptl.org/DrawOnePage.aspx?PageID=134. Entries must be received by REPTL no later than December 23, 2013. The Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law student. Prize is $250. Deadline to submit a paper is January 2 2014. For more information please go to http://med.fsu.edu/?fuseaction=news.viewArticle&usemenu=innovativeCollaboration&newsID= 493. The GRAMMY Foundation along with the ABA Forum on the entertainment and Sports Industries announces the 16th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition. First place winner receives $5,000 and four runner-ups will receive $1,500. For additional information and competition rules, please visit the Grammy Foundation website at http://www.grammy.org/news/grammy-foundation-launches-16th-annual-entertainment-lawinitiative-writing-competition. Deadline January 4, 2013. Banner & Witcoff is pleased to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds. Please see http://www.bannerwitcoff.com/_docs/Donald%20W%20Banner%20Diversity%20Scholarship.p df for details of this scholarship. Applications are now being accepted through January 6, 2014.

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Enter the 27th Annual Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest for a chance to win up to $2,500 and a paid trip to the Section Spring Meeting in Los Angeles, CA. Submissions are due January 10, 2014. For more details regarding the contest requirements and to download a 2014 submission entry form please visit the American Bar Association website at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/business_law/initiatives_awards/mendes_hershman.html. Scribes, The American Society of Legal Writers is pleased to announce its annual Law Review Award competition to recognize an outstanding note or coment written by a law student who is associated with a student-edited law review or journal. For information on how apply, please visit http://www.scribes.org/sites/default/files/LR_%20Entry_Form.pdf. Deadline to apply is January 17, 2014.

UCLA School of Law, The Dukeminier Awards Best Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law Review Articles 2013 Student Writing Competition. Submission deadline is January 17, 2014. Prize is $1,000. http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/dukeminierstudentwriting-competition/. The Ladas Memorial Award Competition is now accepting papers. The winner receives $2,000 and publication in The Trademark Reporter, INTA’s legal journal. Deadline to apply is January 17, 2014. Jackson Lewis LLP and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Institute for Law and the Workplace will co-sponsor the 2013-20143 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law. One top honors award of $3,000 and two $1,000 awards will be presented to the top three entries. For more information, please visit www.kentlaw.edu/academics/plel/LouisJacksonNWC.html. The deadline for submission is January 21, 2014. The American Indian Law Review (AILR) is pleased to announce its annual writing competition. Papers will be accepted on any issue concerning American Indian Law. First place will be awarded $1,000 and publication of paper in the AILR, an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Second place is $500 and third place is $250. For more information go to http://www.ailr.net/writecomp. Deadline to apply is 6:00 p.m. EST, January 31, 2014. The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is pleased to announce its seventh annual Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law. This competition is open to practicing lawyers, policy makers, academics, and law students. The author of the winning paper in each category will receive a cash prize of $1,500. For competition details and more information please visit the ACS website at http://www.acslaw.org/cudahycompetition?mgs1=b0005ASpIx&mgs1=6824d8VBxx. Deadline for submissions is February 7, 2014.

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The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law announces their annual law student writing competition. Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. First place: $1500, second place, $1000 and third place is $500. Articles must be submitted by midnight (EDST) on May 15, 2014. Competition rules are available at www.laborandemploymentcollege.org. The Center for International Law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is pleased to announce the 2014 Global Markets Law Journal Writing Competition. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $3,000. First runner-up will receive $1,500 and second runner-up will receive $500. For competition details and application go to http://globalmarkets.jmls.edu/competition. Deadline for submission is February 15, 2014. Entries for The Symposium XXVII Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition are now being accepted. The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples. First, second, and third prizes in the amounts of $750, $500 and $250 will be awarded. Entry criteria and requirements may be found at www.thesovereigntysymposium.com . Entries must be received no later than March 31, 2014. Applications are now being accepted for the Sovereignty Symposium XXVII Ed Edmondson Scholarship. One-hundred (100) Symposium tuition only scholarships are being offered to attend the symposium on June 4-5, 2014 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK. The symposium is the premier conference on Indian Law. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and dedication to Native American law issues and the need for scholarship in a simple letter of application. There is no formal application form. For further information please telephone (405) 556-9371 or email sovereignty.symposium@oscn.net. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2014.

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