Student Writing Competitions, Scholarships, and Career Fairs Information: Tax Law

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Florida Tax Research & Writing Contest

Subject: Submission addressing "the potential impact of sea level rise on Florida's system of taxation."  Submission may include proposed statutory and Constitutional law changes, if any.

Deadline: May 31, 2018, 11:59 p.m. (eastern time).

Prize: Cash prize of $1,250 (first place), $500 (second place), $250 (third place). Outstanding submissions may be published in the Tax Section Bulletin and The Florida Bar Journal, among other publications.


  • Any current law student (J.D.) of a Florida law school. A law student may choose to co-author a submission with another law or non-law university student, as collaboration with environmental studies programs is welcome.
  • All submissions must be the product of a single author or two authors, cannot be previously published or pending publication, and cannot infringe on any statutory or common law copyright. Work containing obscene, defamatory, or otherwise unlawful material or violates a right, including a right of privilege or privacy, will not be considered.
  • 4,000 - 6,000 words.
  • Paper should be double-spaced in a conventional typeface with 12-point font and 1-inch margins.  Each page must have a header that incudes the title of the paper and a page number.
  • To allow for anonymous evaluation of the entries, no information that could identify the author should appear in the body of the paper, the header, or the citations.
  • Paper must include a separate cover sheet (exempt from the word limit) with the author's contact information: (1) name, (2) address, (3) phone number, (4) e-mail, (5) law school, and (6) paper title.
  • Citations may be footnotes or endnotes and should be in accordance with Rule 9.800, Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure, and, to the extent not inconsistent with those Rules, the most recent edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.
  • Entrants should write in traditional law-review style befitting a scholarly discussion.

Judging Criteria:

  1. breadth and depth of content, sources,
  2. creativity and originality,
  3. objectivity and legal accuracy,
  4. effectiveness of writing style,
  5. practicality for addressing the issue, and
  6. compliance with the contest rules.

Questions may be directed to Attorney Richard O. Jacobs of the Florida Bar Tax Section at 727-864-3946 or Jacobs' Tax Section Challenge Talk: