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Federal Claims Court Bar Association

The United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association’s annual Law Student Writing Competition for the 2016-2017 academic year is underway.  The goal of this competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics involving claims against the federal government that lie within the jurisdiction of the Court of Federal Claims.

The cases before the court are diverse, including claims arising from government contracts and Federal procurement “bid protests,” Fifth Amendment takings (which can implicate environmental and natural resource issues), tax refunds, federal civilian and military pay matters, intellectual property disputes, Native American tribal rights, and the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation program.

Entries to the contest may address any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the Court of Federal Claims.

The winning entry in the competition will receive a $3,500 cash prize and an opportunity to be published via the Association’s website and newsletter, and will be considered for publication in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. The rules of the contest are posted on the Association’s website. Entry deadline is July 14, 2017.

Any law student in good standing currently enrolled at or graduated from an ABA accredited law school during the 2016-2017 academic year may enter the competition. Students are permitted to use as their entries:

  • Papers that they prepared specifically for the competition, or
  • Papers that they prepared for law school courses and seminars during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Full rules are available here.

The United States Court of Federal Claims was created pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution in October 1982, by the Federal Courts Improvement Act.  The court is authorized to hear primarily money claims founded upon the Constitution, federal statutes, executive regulations, or contracts with the United States.

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