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Writing Competition Deadline is May 17th

May 3, 2013

As we count down to the 20th Anniversary of our first Annual General Membership Meeting, the Association , in partnership with the National LGBT Bar Associates (celebrating Lavender Law’s 25th Anniversary),  is sponsoring the second year of our Writing Competition.  Here are the requirements:

TOPIC:

  • Diversity on the Bench; or
  •  Judicial Ethics around LGBT Issues

ELIGIBILITY: Students must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school during the 2012-2013 academic year.

AWARDS: The International Association of LGBT Judges and the National LGBT Bar Association will  award one applicant with a $1,500 monetary award as well as two $250 honorable mentions. The winner  and any recipients of an honorable mention will receive complimentary registration to the 2013 Lavender  Law® Conference & Career Fair in San Francisco, California. The winning entry may be posted on the American Judges Association’s webpage with excerpts published in their magazine at the discretion of the  AJA and the IALGBTJ.

FORMAT: Each entry should be a scholarly piece fit for publication in a law review. Entries should  follow standard note format, including Bluebook (19th edition) citation form. All entries must be  submitted in English. Each entry should be no longer than 25 single-sided pages with one-inch margins  and 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced. The page limit includes footnotes. Footnotes should  be single-spaced and 10-point font. Entries containing endnotes or including appendices or supplemental  material will not be considered. Published papers or papers to be published in other publications during  the entirety of the competition process are ineligible. Each individual may submit only one entry and group entries will not be accepted. Entries should be the sole work of the author and should not yet have undergone significant editing by others. Editing includes any significant revision as well as technical or substantive review of citations. Informal support, such as general comments on preliminary drafts, is allowed.

All entries must be submitted electronically in either Word or PDF format. Entrants must not include their name or the name of their school on the competition paper itself. Instead, participants must submit a separate cover page indicating their name, school, permanent address, telephone number and a statement indicating that a preemption check has been completed as of the date of submission. We reserve the right  to reject any submissions that do not conform to these standards, in particular those that list any identifying information on the submission directly.

DEADLINE: Entries must be submitted before the competition closing date of May 17, 2013 at 5:00 pm  ET. All entries must be submitted via email to judge.

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