TBA invites entries into Administrative Law Competition

The Administrative Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association is sponsoring an administrative law writing competition. All students are invited to participate.


$800 Cash Prize
Entries due: April 3, 2020
To promote an interest in and understanding of administrative law in Tennessee through the publication of scholarly articles on administrative law topics, and to strengthen the relationship among administrative law professors, law students, and administrative law practitioners in Tennessee.
The award will be presented to the applicant who submits the best legal writing on a topic of Tennessee or federal administrative law. Relevant articles, case comments, notes, or essays may be submitted for competition, including writing submitted for academic credit. Jointly authored articles are not eligible.
Eligible Persons
Law students enrolled in a Tennessee law school during the 2019-2020 school year.
Format, Page Limit, Title Page
Entries must be in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins, including footnotes and endnotes. Entries must be 15 pages or less. Citation form must conform to the current edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. The following information must be included on a separate title page: 1) title of paper; 2) author’s name; 3) mailing address, telephone number, and email address where author can be reached; 4) name of law school; 5); year of expected graduation; 6) certification that author has reviewed and meets terms of eligibility for the contest. The title page does not count towards the page limit. The contestant’s name and other identifying information should not be on any page except the title page.
A three-judge panel of members of the Executive Council of the Administrative Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association will judge the entries. Entries will be judged on: 1) quality of writing; 2) quality of research and support of thesis; 3) originality of topic; 4) timeliness of subject.

Release from Copyright
The award-winning paper must be released from copyright or other restrictions for the purpose of publication in the Administrative Law Connect–the Tennessee Bar Association’s administrative law newsletter.
Submission of Entries
All entries must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. Entries must be emailed to Chelsea Bennett at cbennett@tnbar.org by midnight on April 3, 2020.
Contact Chelsea Bennett at cbennett@tnbar.org with questions.