Dear Moot-Court Adviser:
Scribes — The American Society of Legal Writers is pleased to
announce its 2014 Brief-Writing Award Competition. Scribes began its
competition in 1996 to help identify and celebrate excellent student written
briefs. We believe that legal writing is of paramount importance
to law students and their careers, and we hope to encourage good legal
writing by recognizing its finest examples.
The Scribes Brief-Writing Award Committee solicits winning briefs
from national moot-court competitions and selects the finest of those
winning briefs — the best of the best. Last year, the winners were two
students from Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law:
Ashley Brucato and Nathan Lennon. Their brief was originally submitted
to the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot-Court
This year’s winning author or authors will be recognized at the 2014
Scribes Annual Meeting, which will be held during the American Bar
Association’s Annual Meeting in Boston on August 8, 2014. Plaques will be
awarded to the authors and their school. Normally, the school pays the
authors’ expenses to attend the awards ceremony.
The competition covers the current school year — September 2013 to
May 2014. If one of your moot-court teams wrote the best brief in a
national moot-court competition, or wrote the best brief in any preliminary
regional competition held before a national competition, please enter the
brief into the Scribes 2014 competition. To submit an entry, e-mail me an
electronic copy of the winning brief no later than April 21, 2014, following
the instructions below.
I look forward to receiving your national and regional-round
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at email@example.com,
or call me at 517-371-5140, extension 2607.
Thank you for your help.
Norman E. Plate
Scribes Executive Director
Instructions for submitting a brief for the Scribes competition:
1. By April 21, 2014, e-mail an electronic copy of the winning brief to
2. The subject line of the e-mail should indicate that it’s a Scribes brief
nomination from “___” Law School (the students’ law school, not a
sponsoring law school).
3. The body of the e-mail must include the following information:
Name of the competition
Place where the brief was named best brief (e.g., “finals,” “SW
Names of the students who wrote the brief
Name of students’ adviser, if any
4. The brief itself cannot include any information that identifies
the student authors or their school. Please check the cover page,
signature pages, and headers or footers.
5. Submit the brief as a PDF file if possible, although we will accept Word
or WordPerfect format if necessary.
6. The brief must be submitted as a single file.