12th Annual Indian Law Writing Competition

Deadline: 01/18/2013

Competition Website

The purpose of the competition is to recognize excellence in legal research and writing related to Indian law, actively encourage the development of writing skills of NNALSA members, and enhance substantive knowledge in the fields of Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law and traditional forms of governance. The competition is open to matriculated law students at any point in their law school career and regardless of race or tribal membership status. Eligible topics are Federal Indian law and policy, Tribal law and policy, International law and policy concerning indigenous peoples, and Comparative Law (i.e intertribal or government-to-government studies). Existing work is welcomed.  Find the full writing competition rules here.

  • First Prize
    • $1000.00 – Sponsored  by Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP
    • Publication in the Columbia Journal of Race and Law
  • Second Prize
    • $500.00 – Sponsored by  SNR Denton US LLP
  • Third Prize
    • $250.00 – Sponsored by Shanker & Kewenvoyouma, PLLC

 The Federal Bar Association has donated registrations for each awardee to the 38th Annual Indian Law Conference. (Awardees are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs.)

All awardees will be recognized at the National NALSA yearly conference.

 We have also made a few amendments to the standard rules this year:

  1. All submissions must be submitted online, in pdf format.  We will not be accepting paper submissions.  Submissions must consist of two separate pdfs:
    1. Registration sheet with your name, the title of your piece, and other requested information; and
    2. Your submission.  There should be no identifying information on your submission, and the title of your submission should be on the top of every page.  All submissions must be electronically submitted to nnalsawritingcompetition@gmail.com.
  2. The Columbia Journal of Race & Law will only publish pieces 15-30 pages in length. Longer pieces will not be published.
  3. We will accept pieces that have been submitted to, but NOT published by, other Law Reviews and Journals.
    1. We expect you to notify us if your piece is accepted by another publication, in which case we will withdraw your submission from the competition.
    2. Submissions must still be the sole work of the author with no outside editing.

Submission Deadline: 5:00 pm EST, Friday January 18, 2013.  Find the Registration Form here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email nnalsawritingcompetition@gmail.com.

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