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Urban Communication Foundation White Paper Program Grant

photo of man taking photo on a streetThe Urban Communication Foundation invites proposals for a $10,000 grant to fund research, and the development of a white paper, on “an examination of urban communication freedom, regulation, and relevant government intervention and policy.”  This year, the UCF is particularly interested in proposals leading to a white paper on “ways in which government regulation or policy, especially that made at the local city-level, can protect and enhance an open and robust marketplace of ideas that is characterized by democratic values of inclusion, reason, and courage.”  The UCF envisions the final white paper to be 8,000-12,000 words, and present original research on the topic, as well as “aim to have some influence on policy makers, community leaders or researchers within an urban context….”  Proposals are limited to 1,000 words, and due by 11/11/17.  The UCF will make its funding decision by 12/31/17, and the final white paper must be completed by 11/1/18.  For additional information, see the UCF White Paper Proposal page.  The UCF is a not-for-profit (501(c)3) organization that seeks to “promote research that enhances society’s understanding of communication patterns in the urban environment; encourage collaboration between communication scholars, urban planners, and policy makers; support diverse research strategies; and recognize noteworthy scholarship in all related domains.”

Legal History “Cohen” Essay Competition

image 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 be on 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 2017 AALL Annual Meeting in Chicago, 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 scholarly journal  Unbound:  An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books.  The Competition electronic submission deadline is 11:59pm EDT, Monday, 17 April 2017.

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, College of William & Mary Law School, or Tim Kearley (, Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law.

The Competition is named for 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.

National Association of Women Lawyers Writing Competition

The National Association of Women Lawyers 2017 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition encourages and rewards original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law.

Entrants who are current law students should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law.  The essays must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the summer/fall 2016, or spring 2017 semesters are eligible for submission. Students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project.  Entries must be received by May 1, 2017. Entries should be emailed in Microsoft Word format to

The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500.  The National Association of Women Lawyers will also publish the winning essay in the Women Lawyers Journal.

2017 Warren E. Burger Prize Writing Competition

The 2017 Warren E. Burger Prize competition has been announced.  This is a writing competition in which judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors are invited to submit essays of 10,000-20,000 words on a topic of the author’s choice, which addresses the issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism.  The author of the winning essay gets $5,000 and the essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review.

All submissions are due by July 1, 2017.  Be sure to review the rules of the competition before submission. If you have any questions, contact Cindy Dennis, Awards and Scholarships Coordinator, at (571) 319-4703.

ABA Free Membership for Students—Tons of Benefits

The American Bar Association (ABA) offers free membership to law students.  There are many benefits that would be worthwhile including: networking, career guidance, discounts (law and non-law related), and training/education.  The ABA also offers a premium membership for $25 that includes even more.

Two lessor know benefits of ABA membership to law students are the ABA sponsored writing competitions and practical skills competitions