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Jeffcoat Law Firm Drunk Driving Essay Competition

The Jeffcoat Law Firm is hosting an essay competition for students.  Jeffcoat asks students to consider: “Has a drunk driver affected you or someone you know? How has it affected – or how could it affect – your own driving?” The Jeffcoat Firm invites students to share experiences and thoughts on this important issue and compete for one of two scholarship prizes worth a combined $1,500. The deadline is December 7, 2018.

Closing Argument Contest in Cleveland—Deadline Soon

The Landskroner Grieco Merriman Closing Argument Argument Contest is open to 2nd- and 3rd-year law students from Ohio law schools. Students will give a 15-minute closing argument in a civil case for the plaintiff, a catastrophically injured child. The argument will be on damages only; the fact pattern, exhibits, and demonstrative evidence will be furnished. The judges will include experienced trial lawyers with over 20 years of experience, media personalities, judicial officials, and child advocates.

The top three students will receive cash scholarship awards: $750 for 1st place, $500 for second place and $200 for third place. The competition is limited to 12 contestants.

To apply, contact Landskroner Grieco Merriman, LLC at 216-522-9000 and ask for Anathea or email Deadline for applications is September 24, 2018. Sponsored by The Landskroner Foundation for Children and Landskroner Grieco Merriman.


James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition

The James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition is a writing competition for students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law. First Prize is $1000, Second Prize is $750, and Third Prize is $500. Competition winner(s) will be posted online at

A securities arbitration activist and scholar, James E. Beckley was known for defending and promoting the rights of public investors. He served on the Securities Industry Conference on Arbitration, an organization created at the request of the Securities and Exchange Commission to maintain and update the Uniform Code of Arbitration for securities arbitration and to serve as a sounding board on issues of fairness in arbitration. At the time of his death in 1999, Beckley was the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) President. This competition and award has been established to honor his legacy.

The submission may address any aspect of Securities Law; Securities Arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code. The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.

The contest is open to all students who attend a law school in the United States with a deadline of August 31, 2018.

Legal History “Cohen” Essay Competition

photo of Morris CohenThe Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section (LHRB) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), in cooperation with Gale Learning and Research Solutions, Cengage Learning, is conducting its Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition.  Full- and part-time students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in law, history, library science, or related fields are eligible to enter.  Essays may address any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives.  Criteria on which papers will be judged include originality of topic or approach, quality and depth of research and analysis, clarity of presentation, and contribution to the field.  The winner will receive a $500 prize from Gale Cengage Learning and up to $1,000 for costs of attending the July 2018 AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore, as well as the opportunity to present the winning essay at the AALL Annual Meeting.  Authors of the winning and runner-up essays will also be invited to publish their essays in LHRB’s online annual scholarly journal  Unbound:  A Review of Legal History and Rare Books.  The Competition electronic submission deadline is 11:59pm EDT, Monday, 16 April 2018.

Full Competition details and Application Form are available at the LHRB SIS Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition web page.  Questions can be sent to Fred Dingledy (, Senior Reference Librarian & Adjunct Professor of Law, College of William & Mary Law School, or Tim Kearley (, Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law.

The Competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, who was Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School and recognized as “one of the towering figures of late 20th century law libraries.”  His scholarly work  focused on legal research, rare books, and historical bibliography.

CSU Research Award Opportunities

CSU logoThe Cleveland State University Office of Research Faculty Research and Development Program (FRD) invests “in basic and applied research that would increase the level of federal and industrial research funding received by the University.”  The Faculty Scholarship Initiative (FSI) “funds faculty conducting quality research, or other creative or scholarly activity, that advances the respective field or discipline.”  The next proposal submission deadline for each of these programs is Thursday, February 1, 2018.  The award period for each of these programs is 12 months, and begins on June 1 following award notification.  For additional information and proposal guidelines, faculty should consult the FRD and FSI websites.  Faculty may also contact Joy Yard, Administrative Coordinator, or Daniel Simon, Associate Vice President for Research, in the CSU Office of Research.