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ILGL Writing Competitions

Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association Writing Competitions:  Members and Franklin W. Klein Law Student

The philosophy of the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association is to coordinate and promote professional education, information exchange and interaction among local government attorneys in Illinois in order to ensure the highest level of professional representation to units of local government.

In keeping with the philosophy of the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association, in late 2016, the ILGL Board approved a proposal for a writing competition centering on topics focused on local government law.

 

Member Writing Competition

Most practitioners are familiar with the ISBA Lincoln writing contest in which annual awards are given for general legal topics for members of the young lawyers division. 

The ILGL writing competitions will be unique in two respects:

1. The competition focuses on local government law.
2. The competition is open to both members and law students. Awards will be handed out in each category.

 

 

 

 

 

Franklin W. Klein Law Student Writing Competition

The Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association, Franklin W. Klein Law Student Writing Competition honors the memory of a founding member of Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., one of the oldest and most respected local government law firms in the State of Illinois and the sponsor of the writing competition.  Franklin W. Klein graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1932 and founded the firm in 1935.  He retired from a distinguished legal career in 1996.


 

The particulars of the competitions are as follows:

AWARDS (TWO CATEGORIES)

1. Member

2. Law student

There are three (3) awards in each category, i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards. 

 

PRIZES

First Place - $500

Second Place - $250

Third Place - $100

*Includes a plaque and the gratitude of local government practitioners.

 

WRITING PARTICULARS

  • Articles should be 2,500-3,500 words in length
  • Articles are to be submitted electronically in .doc format through the Executive Director
  • Articles may be jointly written
  • Articles will be considered for publication in the ILGL Journal

 

JUDGING CRITERIA

  1. Quality of analysis
  2. Relevance of topic to the local government practitioner
  3. Clarity and conciseness

 

TIMING

  • Submissions must be received prior to midnight on December 31st.
  • Awards are given at ILGL's Annual Conference in February.

 

Writing Competition Licensing Agreement

 

Writing Competition Rules for Members

 

Franklin Klein Writing Competition Rules for Law Students 

  • Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association
    Dawn Peters, Executive Director, Center for Governmental Studies
    148 North 3rd Street
    Northern Illinois University
    DeKalb, IL 60115
  • Phone: 815-753-6575 | Email: ilgl@niu.edu | Fax: 815-753-7278