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

We are pleased to announce that submissions for the 2021–2022 Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law are now being accepted. 

The competition is sponsored by Jackson Lewis P.C. and 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 anonymously 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 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. Papers should be double spaced, with one-inch margins, and in 12-point Times Roman font (footnotes in 10-point font). Judging will be doubly anonymous 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 11:59 p.m. (CST) on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. To submit a manuscript online, please click here.

About the ILW and Jackson Lewis P.C. 

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 2020–2021 Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition:

Priya Kamath — 1st Place
Harvard University School of Law
Outcast(e): The Case for Recognizing Caste Under U.S. Anti-Discrimination Law

Scott Jeffrey — 2nd Place
Vanderbilt University Law School
The Occupational Illness of Covid-19: New Presumptions in Workers' Compensation

Katherine Hanson — 2nd Place 
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Conduct, Causation, and Comparators: Revisiting the Defense of the Equal Opportunity Harasser After Bostock