Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

We are pleased to announce that submissions for the 2020–2021 Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law are now being accepted. 

The competition is sponsored by Jackson Lewis LLP and is administered by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Institute for Law and the Workplace (ILW).  It recognizes the best legal writing in the field of labor and employment law among current law students. The committee of five judges is drawn from among the most preeminent labor and employment law scholars in the country, and entries are blind judged. The top three winners receive scholarships: $3000 for the first-place winner, and $1000 each for the two second-place winners.

Requirements & Eligibility

Entries must be the law student author’s own work. Authors must have completed or be currently taking coursework in employment or labor law, and must be enrolled in an accredited law school during the Spring 2021 semester. Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration.


Entries must be suitable for publication in a law review. Citations must conform to current Bluebook style. Papers must not exceed 35 pages in length when printed on 8½ x 11 inch paper, including footnotes. Use 12-point Times Roman font (footnotes in 10 points). Papers should be double-spaced, with one-inch margins. Judging will be double blind, so the only identification that may appear on the first or subsequent pages of the paper is the paper title.

Entries must be received by June 15, 2021. To submit a manuscript online, please click here.

Alternatively you may mail a hard copy (with a cover page with contact information, including a school email address) to:

Louis Jackson Writing Competition
c/o Institute for Law and the Workplace
565 W. Adams St. 
Chicago, IL 60647

About the ILW and Jackson Lewis LLP

The ILW is a national center for research, training, dialogue and reflection on the law that governs the workplace. The ILW pools the resources of leading academic scholars and the practicing professional community to train students and professionals, monitor policies and trends, and reflect upon issues confronting the labor and employment law community in a neutral setting.

Jackson Lewis LLP has been engaged in the practice of employment, labor, and benefits law on behalf of management for over 50 years. With offices in major cities throughout the United States, the firm has a national perspective and an awareness of local business environments. Jackson Lewis pioneered the concept of preventive employee relations to help employers shape a positive and productive workplace. The Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition honors the memory of founding partner Louis Jackson, who provided inspiration, guidance, friendship and good humor for 50 years to all associated with the firm.

If you have questions, please contact Tristan Kirvin at tkirvin@kentlaw.iit.edu.

WINNERS of the 2019–2020 Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition:

Elizabeth Potter — 1st Place
Brooklyn School of Law
Revoking Religious Employers’ License to Discriminate: How to Limit the Ministerial Exception to What the First Amendment Requires After Hosanna–Tabor 

Katryna Santa Cruz — 2nd Place
Florida International University College of Law
When Women Fare Better by Saying "No": Re-Legitimizing Constructive Discharge and Circumventing Suders by Styling Constructive Discharge Claims as Retaliation Claims

Emily Spanyer — 2nd Place 
Brooklyn School of Law
Equality in Parental Leave: How Women Can Achieve Workplace Parity Through Equal Parental Leave Policies