Law Student Writing Competition

To be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Intellectual Property Law Section, January 28, 2014, New York, NY, to the authors of the best publishable papers on subjects relating to the protection of intellectual property not published elsewhere, scheduled for publication, or awarded another prize.

First Prize: $2,000
Second Prize: $1,000

COMPETITION RULES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

To be eligible for the competition, a contestant must be the sole author of a submitted paper, and at the time of submission must be either (1) a student in full-time attendance at a law school located in New York State, or (2) a member of the Intellectual Property Law Section who is a student in full-time attendance at an out-of-state law school or who was in full-time attendance at a law school located in the United States at least as recently as May 2012.  (Non-members wishing to join the IP Section may do so at www.nysba.org/Join. First join NYSBA, then select the Intellectual Property Law Section.)  A contestant must have completed a submitted paper while he or she was enrolled in full-time attendance at a law school, without additions or other revisions having been made to it since ceasing to have been a full-time student other than to correct spelling or grammatical errors and to format it in accordance with the criteria presented below (such as to reduce its length to no more than 35 pages).

The deadline for submission of papers is December 19, 2013. An electronic copy must be submitted by e-mail to IntellectualProperty@nysba.org prior to midnight on December 19. An additional hard copy may also be submitted (postmarked by December 19), but is not required.

Papers will be judged by the Section and must meet the following criteria or points will be deducted:

  • no longer than 35 pages,
  • double-spaced (footnotes must be single-spaced);
  • 12-point font;
  • and a cover page indicating the submitter’s name, law school and expected year of graduation, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and employment information (if applicable).
  • Papers should exhibit thorough and accurate legal research, logical thought process with clarity of expression, and a well-grounded conclusion. 

As indicated above, please note that submissions should be on subjects relating to the protection of intellectual property not published elsewhere, scheduled for publication, or awarded another prize.

Winning papers may be published in the Section’s publication Bright Ideas. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed to the author of the winning paper for attendance at the Annual Meeting to receive the Award.

The judges reserve the right to: not consider any papers submitted late or with incomplete information, not publish papers, and/or determine that no entries are prize-worthy or publishable.

Entries by e-mail and hard copy (optional) to: Email: IntellectualProperty@nysba.org Mail: Stephanie Bugos, NYSBA, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207. Comments and/or questions may be directed to the Chair of the IP Section’s Young Lawyers Committee: Teige P. Sheehan, Esq., Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., 5 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203 | Ph: (518) 452-5600 | Email: tps@hrfmlaw.com.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE 2012 WRITING COMPETITION!

First Place Winner:
Heather Hili
St. John's University School of Law

Second Place Winner:
Ana-Karine Hallum
St. John's University School of Law