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March 15, 2014
FSU group seeks animal law writing competition entries

The Florida State University Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and Pets ad Litem announce its Second Annual Writing Competition, with a $500 first place prize, open to students attending an accredited Florida law school and those who have graduated within the past year from a Florida law school.

The purpose is to generate interest and recognition of this rapidly growing field of law. All articles must be submitted no later than July 1. Any topic on animal law is welcomed. The awards will be judged based on quality, clarity, originality, and organization. All essays must be typewritten, double-spaced, no less than 12-point Times New Roman font, on 8.5-by-11-inch paper with 1-inch margins. Articles of any length will be considered, however, the document must not exceed 25 pages, including footnotes. Footnotes should be single-spaced, and no less than 10-point font.

Submit a hard copy to Derinda Kirkland, FSU College of Law, 425 W. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32306-1601, and an electronic copy to (insert “Animal Law Writing Competition” in the subject line). Each entrant must submit a cover page indicating name, law school, expected year of graduation or actual graduation date, current employer (if applicable), mailing address, email address, and telephone number.

Based on the number and quality of submissions, the winner may also be selected to contribute his or her article for publication.

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund was established to provide information and awareness on a wide array of animal law issues. This competition seeks to foster legal scholarship among all those in the legal field in the area of animals and the law. The competition provides law students with an incentive and opportunity to learn more about this growing field.

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of attorneys and other professionals practicing or involved in the field of animal law.

For more information, contact or FSU Law Professor Patricia Matthews at

[Revised: 11-23-2016]