13 May 2012

Deadline May 20 | LGBT Bar Association's Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition

Post date: 13 May 2012
Deadline: 20 May 2012

The Michael Greenberg writing competition scholarship recognizes and encourages outstanding law student scholarship on the legal issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex persons. The scholarship was established in memory of Michael Greenberg, former National LGBT Bar Association board member and Philadelphia attorney who died in 1996 from complications related to AIDS.

TOPIC: Legal issues affecting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and/or Intersex community.

ELIGIBILITY: Students must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school during the 2011-12 academic year.


First Place
$1,000 cash prize
Publication in the Journal of Law and Sexuality at Tulane University Law School
Registration, airfare (within the 48 contiguous United States) and lodging for the Lavender Law Annual Conference and Career Fair in Washington, D.C., which will take place from August 23-25, 2012.

First & Second Runner-up
Registration for the Lavender Law Annual Conference and Career Fair in Washington, D.C.

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 20, 2012. All entries must be submitted via email to writingcompetition@lgbtbar.org. Please write “Michael E. Greenberg Writing Competition” in the subject line.


Please contact LGBT Bar Law Student Division Co-chair Ashley E. McGovern at writingcompetition@lgbtbar.org with any questions or concerns. Do not include any substantive information regarding your piece, as submissions are blind-graded by student co-chairs. For more information about the National LGBT Bar Association, please visit: www.lgbtbar.org.

If you are interested in getting involved with the exciting work of the National LGBT Bar Law Student Division, through the National LGBT Law Student Congress, please send an email to info@LGBTbar.org.


If you are a sitting Judge and interested in participating as a grader, please contact Ashley E. McGovern at writingcompetition@lgbtbar.org. Please write “Judicial Volunteer” in the subject line.


For inquiries/ submissions: writingcompetition@lgbtbar.or

Website: http://www.lgbtbar.org
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