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

We are pleased to announce that the annual Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law is now accepting submissions for 2019–2020. 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). The top three winners receive scholarships: $3000 for the first-place winner, and $1000 each for the two second-place winners.


Entries must be the law student author’s own work and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors must have completed or be currently taking course work in employment or labor law, and must be enrolled in an accredited law school during the Fall 2019 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, 8½ by 11 inch, including footnotes, set in 12 point Times Roman font, footnotes in 10 points, with double spacing and one inch margins.


Entries will be blind-judged by an independent panel of law professors from across the United States. The determination of the judges’ panel is final. Neither Jackson Lewis LLP nor the Institute for Law and the Workplace is involved in judging the competition. The only identification that may appear on the first or subsequent pages of the paper is the paper title.


To submit an entry through our online submission form, please click here

Hard copies may be mailed to:

Louis Jackson Writing Competition
c/o Institute for Law and the Workplace
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661-3691


January 22, 2020

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.


WINNERS of the 2018–2019 Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition:

Caleb Peiffer — 1st Place
UCLA School of Law
Doubly-Unprotected Disparagement: Employee Voice on Product Quality Under the NLRA

Jessica O'Brien — 2nd Place (tied)
UNC School of Law
Invisible Discrimination: How Targeted Advertising is Being Used to Circumvent the Age Discrimination in Employment Act 

Shannon Warren — 2nd Place (tied)
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Left Out in the Cold: Exploring the Vulnerabilities of Seasonal Workers in the Ski Industry


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