National Law Review Writing Competition - an opportunity for law students.
National Law Review 2020-2021 Law Student Writing Competition
Rules and Submission Guidelines
The National Law Review (NLR) consolidates practice-oriented legal analysis from a variety of sources for easy access by lawyers, paralegals, law students, business executives, insurance professionals, accountants, compliance officers, human resource managers, and other professionals who wish to better understand specific legal issues relevant to their work.
The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site. No entry fee is required. Applicants can submit an unlimited number of entries each month. Entries are reviewed September through May, when school is in session.
Entries must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by
5:00 pm Central Standard Time by the last day of the month.
Winning submissions will be published according to specified dates.
Entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be published on the NLR website.
Each winning article will be displayed accompanied by the student’s photo, biography, contact information, law school logo, and any copyright disclosure.
All winning articles will remain in the NLR database for two years (subject to earlier removal upon request of the law school).
In addition, the NLR sends links to targeted articles to specific professional groups via e-mail. The NLR also posts links to selected articles on the “Legal Issues” or “Research” sections of various professional organizations’ Web sites. (NLR, at its sole discretion, may distribute any winning entry in such a manner, but does not make any such guarantees nor does NLR represent that this is part of the prize package.)
Congratulations to our
Law Student Writing Contest Winners
Marissa B. Cohen of Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University: The Confusion Over Privacy: HIPAA, the Constitution, and COVID-19
Kelly Shea Delvac of Pepperdine Caruso University School of Law: Human Rights Abuses in the Enforcement of Coronavirus Security Measures
Megan M. Isrealitt of Chapman University Dale Fowler Law School: Is Treason Applied as the Founders Intended?
Patrick McKnight of Rutgers University Law School: Veterans Struggle to Gain Access to Medical Marijuana
Raffi Teperdjian of George Washington University Law School: Examining the National Security Implications of Cryptocurrencies
Mary Colleen Charlotte Fowler of University of Kansas School of Law: Chipping Away Employee Privacy: Legal Implications of RFID Microchip Implants for Employees
Megan Elizabeth Sullivan of New England Law School: “Alternative Facts” in the Classroom: Creationist Educational Policy and the Trump Administration
Jamison Gilmore of Southwestern Law School: Augmented Reality Incitement: How the Creator of Pokémon GO, and Those Who Follow, are Open to Tortious Liability
John Russell Van Swearingen of Wake Forest University School of Law: Avoiding Federal Friendly Fire: Addressing the Incidental Take of Migratory Birds by State Environmental Agencies Utilizing Constructed Wetlands for Stormwater Treatment
Robert Anthony McReynolds of Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law: Sanctuary for Federalism: Affirming the Separation of Powers Between the States and the Federal Government When Enforcing Immigration Law
Gilbert Bayonne of Southern University Law Center : The Fire Next Time: Foster v. Chatman and the Inevitability of Peremptory Prejudice
Colin M. Desko of Suffolk University Law School : To and From the EU with Love: Benefits and Implications of Self-Certifying Under the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework
Caroline Fish of St. John's School of Law: Protected, Not Removable: Foreign National Trafficking Victims and the Immigration Policies of the Trump Administration
Robert Park of Boston College Law School: Credit Card Marketing Geared Towards Students and the Policies to Address the Dilemma: Can More Be Done?
Ashlee Caroline Difuntorum from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles: Tip Pooling with Non-Tipped Employees: Sparking a Debate on Congressional Silence
Kelsey C. Russo from Brooklyn Law School: Just “Like” The Framers: How Generations Of Courts Have Preserved The Natural Law In Culturally Reflective Approaches To First Amendment Interpretation
Michael Brett Hall from Appalachian School of Law: Artificial Wombs, Gallup Polls, and a Donald Trump Presidency: The Future of Roe v. Wade and Abortion Jurisprudence in the United States
Peter Colin, Jr. from Northeastern University School of Law: Elvis and Prince: Personality Rights Guidance for Dead Celebrities and the Lawyers and Legislatures Who Protect Them
Jessica Clara Schidlow from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law: Prescribing Politics: A Call for Stronger First Amendment Protection of Physician-Patient Communications from State Interference in the Practice of Medicine
Katila Howard from Michigan State University College of Law: Marriage Penalty: Matrimony, Tax & Inequality
Sherry Hazel Joseph from Depaul University College of Law: Chicago Plastic Bag Ordinance: Incentivizing Consumers to Change Their Plastic Consumption Behavior
Michael Novotny from Southern Methodist University, SMU Dedman School of Law: Could Pro-Football v. Blackhorse Be a Knock-Out Punch to Trademark Law?
Kelsey C. Russo from Brooklyn Law School: Media Technology: The Evolution of Journalism and the Constitutional Complications of Drone Reporting
Karthik Aravind Venkatraj from University of Colorado Law School: About Face: Mechanics, Progress, and Challenges Facing Veterans Trauma Courts
Ricardo Lopez from University of California, Irvine School of Law: Terminally Ill Minors Should Have the Right to Refuse Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment: Creating Specialized Health Care Courts
Alamea Deedee Bitran from Florida International University College of Law: “Anti-Israel,” a Camouflage Platform for “Anti-Semitism:” Anti-BDS Legislation is Wholly Constitutional
Charletta Anderson-Fortson from Southern University Law Center: Cyber Security and the Need for International Governance
Ross Campbell from New York University School of Law: 3-D Printing and the Regulatory Future of Home Remedies: Pharma to Table
Dahlia Seligman from Michigan State University College of Law: Changing Closets: Transgendered Youths' Right to Dress in Public Schools and the First Amendment
Erin Hammons from Southern University Law Center: Louisiana's Statewide Motor Vehicle Theft and Uninsured Motorist ID Program: The Short Life and Senseless Death of Senate Bill 250
Jason Rigby from Widener University Delaware Law School: Examining Trulia's "Plainly Material" Standard for Disclosure-only Settlements and Practice Tips to Contour Settlements to Meet This New Standard in Delaware
Michael Shammas from Harvard Law School: Ethical Dilemmas Surveyed Through Attorney-Client Confidentiality: The Lawyer & The Navy Seal
Meagan Vianello from Valparaiso University Law School: For Your Eyes Only: Protecting The IP Rights of #FoodPorn
- Sarah Denis from St. Thomas University School of Law: Using the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”) as a Loophole Around the Magnuson Moss's Jurisdictional Requirements
- Jordan L. Payne from Northeastern University School of Law: ‘Exemptions’ & Court-Sanctioned Discrimination: The Post-Hobby Lobby Tension Between the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) & Federal Anti-Discrimination Law
- Matthew P Downer from Vanderbilt University Law School: The People or the Court Who Reigns Supreme, How, and Why?
- Blake Simpson from University of Nebraska College of Law: A Shot in the Dark: Why Parents Should Not be Held Civilly Liable for Injuries Caused by Unvaccinated Children
- Michael Grant from Brooklyn Law School: Buttering Bread: The Sordid Tale of Campaign Finance and Shaun McCutcheon
- Scott David Harrington from Southern University Law Center: No Soup for You! Religion in the Post-PPACA Era (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act)
- Alisha Marie Mays from Florida International University College of Law: Taking Hospital Employees Down from their Pedestals: Why Title VII Religious Discrimination Should Not Be Applicable for Immunizations
- Michael Wayne Disotell from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law: Vance and Nassar: A Small Business Employer’s Guide To The Court’s Recent Title VII Rulings
- Stephanie Jade Ridella from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law: The Madwoman In The Attic: Mental Illness And The Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act Of 2008
- Jordan L. Payne from Northeastern University School of Law: Conceiving Real Protection: Paternalistic Surrogacy Laws & The Necessity of Massachusetts Legislation that Appropriately Protects the Gestational Surrogate
- Sofia Mitchell from Florida International University College of Law: Filling The Gap: Immigrant Status As Title VII's Missing Piece
- Emily Jane Perkins from Northern Illinois College of Law: Regulating Appearance In The Workplace: An Employer’s Guide To Avoid Employment Discrimination Lawsuits
- Anastasia White from Nova Southeastern University—Shepard Broad Law Center: The Road to Citizenship Under Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744)
- Elizabeth Ann Geddes from Brooklyn Law School: The H-1B Visa Program: Its Contradictory Perception And Why the U.S. Must Increase The Visa Cap
- Larissa Lee from S.J. Quinney College of Law: We're Getting Warmer: Why Advising Clients To Disclose Material Risks Associated With Climate Change Is Best Practice
- Neema Chaiban from Northeastern University School of Law: Reframing Climate Change: A Public Health-based Climate Change Framework
- Jacob Bethel Woolstno from Southern Methodist University, SMU Dedman School of Law: Closing Time for Anheuser-Busch, the NLRB Adopts a Balancing Test When Unions Request Witness Statements
- Sixuan Lu from Southern Methodist University, SMU Dedman School of Law: Far From Perfection: Individual Alternative Minimum Tax Is Still Alive
- Courtney Anne Chicvak from St. John's University School of Law: From Silver Bullets to Bazookas: Workers’ Innovative Challenge to Wal-Mart’s Employment Practices
- Olivia J. Quinto from Rutgers School of Law: The Siren Song of Securities: The Perils of Expert Networks & The Risks of Insider Trading
- Edward Silverman from Pepperdine University School of Law: The Suspicious Existence of the “Repeat Player Effect” in Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Disputes
- Rebecca Heatherly Block from Southern University Law Center: The 1/3: Childhood Obesity in the Twenty First Century
- Chase Anders Manuel from Southern University Law Center: Human Augmentation: A Bioethical Implication Analysis of Cybernetics, Nanotechnology, and Upgrades to the Human Body
- Laura Homan from Chicago-Kent College of Law: Not All "Entries" Are Equal – The Law of “Entry” and “Admission” for Purposes of the Immigration and Nationality Act
- Laura Ploeg from Villanova University School of Law: Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting: A Law Student’s Freewheeling Inquiry
- Lloydann A. Wade from Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law: Illegal Immigration and Education
- Rouzhna Nayeri from Southern Methodisit University Dedman School of Law: Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection—Second Circuit Applies The Strict Scrutiny Test And Holds That New York Cannot Prohibit Nonimmigrants From Obtaining Pharmacist Licenses
- Adam Dominic Kielich from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law: What’s Not to “Like” About Workplace Harassment?
Why Students Should Submit Articles:
Students have the opportunity to publicly display their legal knowledge and skills.
The student's photo, biography, and contact information will be posted with each article, allowing for professional recognition and exposure.
Winning articles are published alongside those written by respected attorneys from Am Law 200 and other prominent firms as well as from other respected professional associations.
Now more than ever, business development skills are expected from law firm associates earlier in their careers. NLR wants to give law students valuable experience generating consumer-friendly legal content of the sort which is included for publication in law firm client newsletters, law firm blogs, bar association journals and trade association publications.
Student postings will remain in the NLR online database for up to two years, easily accessed by potential employers.
Content Guidelines must be followed by all entrants to qualify. It is recommended that articles address the following monthly topic areas:
- Election Law and Access to Voting
- President Trump and current administration
Immigration enforcement and policy
Federal Court issues: process of adding additional justices to the US Supreme Court/Federal Circuit
Employment Issues - Ban the Box Laws, Minimum Wage, Transgender Accomodations, Age/Sex Discrimination
*Articles covering current issues related to other areas of the law may also be submitted.*
Entries must be submitted via email to email@example.com by
5:00 pm Central Standard Time by the last day of the month.
Students are not required to transfer copyright ownership of their winning articles to the NLR. However, all articles submitted must be clearly identified with any applicable copyright or other proprietary notices. The NLR will accept articles previously published by another publication, provided the author has the authority to grant the right to publish it on the NLR site. Do not submit any material that infringes upon the intellectual property or privacy rights of any third party, including a third party’s unlicensed copyrighted work.
- Format – HTML (preferred) or Microsoft® Word
- Length – Articles should be no more than 5,500 words, including endnotes.
- Endnotes and citations – Any citations should be in endnote form and listed at the end of the article. Unreported cases should include docket number and court. Authors are responsible for the accuracy and proper format of related cites. In general, follow the Bluebook. Limit the number of endnotes to only those most essential. Authors are responsible for accuracy of all quoted material.
- Author Biography/Law School Information – Please submit the following:
- Full name of author (First Middle Last)
- Contact information for author, including e-mail address and phone number
- Author photo (recommended but optional) in JPEG format with a maximum file size of 1 MB and in RGB color format. Image size must be at least 150 x 200 pixels.
- A brief professional biography of the author, running approximately 100 words or 1,200 characters including spaces.
- The law school’s logo in JPEG format with a maximum file size of 1 MB and in RGB color format. Image size must be at least 300 pixels high or 300 pixels wide.
- The law school mailing address, main phone number, contact e-mail address, school Web site address, and a brief description of the law school, running no more than 125 words or 2,100 characters including spaces.
To enter, an applicant and any co-authors must be enrolled in an accredited law school within the fifty United States. Employees of The National Law Review are not eligible. Entries must include ALL information listed above to be considered and must be submitted to the National Law Review at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any entry which does not meet the requirements and deadlines outlined herein will be disqualified from the competition. Winners will be notified via e-mail and/or telephone call at least one day prior to publication. Winners will be publicly announced on the NLR home page and via other media. All prizes are contingent on recipient signing an Affidavit of Eligibility, Publicity Release and Liability Waiver. The National Law Review 2011 Law Student Writing Competition is sponsored by The National Law Forum, LLC, d/b/a The National Law Review, 4700 Gilbert, Suite 47 (#230), Western Springs, IL 60558, 708-357-3317. This contest is void where prohibited by law. All entries must be submitted in accordance with The National Law Review Contributor Guidelines per the terms of the contest rules. A list of winners may be obtained by writing to the address listed above. There is no fee to enter this contest.