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Law school hosts national Indian Law writing competition

November 18, 2013

Seattle University School of Law, through its Seattle University Native American Law Students Association and the Seattle University American Indian Law Journal, is proud to host the 13th annual Indian Law Writing Competition.

The purpose of the competition is to recognize excellence in legal research and writing related to Indian law, encourage the development of writing skills of National Native American Law Students Association 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 (such as intertribal or government-to-government studies). Existing work is welcomed.

The NALSA and Journal students have done an excellent job of engaging the national and local Indian law firms, faculty, and bar through publicizing the event, arranging sponsorship, and soliciting judges.

It's an honor for the law school to be selected to host the competition. Last year's host was Cornell University School of Law. Seattle University School of Law is home to the Center for Indian Law and Policy, which benefits students and tribes through internships, training, policy work, and direct services. The law school also provides a full-tuition Native American Law Scholar award to a student from an enrolled tribe.

All awardees will be recognized at the Annual National NALSA meeting in Sante Fe, N.M. The winning author will receive $1,000 (sponsored by Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP) and have his or her essay published in the Spring 2014 issue of the American Indian Law Journal.

Other awards are $500 for second prize, sponsored by SNR Denton US LLP, and $250 for third prize, sponsored by Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP.

Other support is provided by Perkins Coie LLP, and the Federal Bar Association.

The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. All entries must be submitted electronically at For official rules and a submission form, visit the NNALSA website.