Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition & Scholarship

December 5, 2013

Americal Bar AssociationWestlaw Next is proud to sponsor the American Bar Association’s Rona Mears Student Writing Competition & Scholarship.

This year the topic is Edward Joseph Snowden and the deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013. Official guidelines are available here.

Submissions can be either in writing or video, and should address one of the following issues:

  • Present legal arguments on why Mr. Snowden is guilty or alternatively not guilty of vioating U.S., foreign or international laws.
  • Present legal arguments on why the U.S. government has violated or alternatively has not violated U.S., foreign or international law through its actions disclosed by Mr. Snowden.

The winning submissions will be published by the ABA Section of International Law and will receive:

  • Best Written Submission: $1,000 cash prize , or iPad and accessories up to $1,000.
  • Best Video Submission : $1,000 cash prize , or iPad and accessories up to $1,000 .
  • Both winners will receive up to $1,000 free meeting registration to the Spring Meeting, coach air fare (21 day advance purchase) and lodging. Travel costs will be reimbursed after the Spring Meeting. Any taxes due on cash awards are the responsibility of the winners.
  • Most Submissions: international law society in the institution submitting the largest number of total submissions (with each written submission and each video submission counting as one) will receive $500.

 Good luck  to all of you law students that enter the competition. If you need Westlaw research assistance while researching this, or any other legal issue, don’t forget that our Reference Attorney team is available 24/7 every day of the year at 1-800-REF-ATTY (733-2889).

Rona Mears practiced International corporate, trade and commercial transactions law until her retirement in 2002. She was active in numerous bar and professional activities, she served as Chair of the American Bar Association International Section and was appointed by the U.S. Departments of State and Justice to serve as a private sector member of the NAFTA Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution.