The Annual Justice Alto Adams Writing Competition

I’m posting this writing competition on behalf of The Friends of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library of St. Lucie County, Florida.  It is open to all Florida law students, but we strongly encourage all Barry law students to enter.  You can even submit papers you have written for a class, as long as they haven’t been previously published.

The prize is $500, and it will be published in a bi-monthly magazine that reaches a large audience of Florida Bar members.  The deadline is September 15th, 2015, so as summer winds down, please consider entering a paper.  Historically, not a lot of people enter these writing competitions, so your chances should be very decent!

Here’s the announcement:

The Annual Justice Alto Adams Writing Competition

Attention all Florida Law School Students

The Friends of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library invite all students currently enrolled in an accredited Florida Law School to compete in the first Annual Justice Alto Adams Writing Competition.

Papers should be a scholarly endeavor and must have a legal theme on a topic of your choice.  The papers will be judged on legal reasoning, the difficulty or novelty of the legal issue addressed, general standards expected of serious work, and include a reference to a recognized citation system as well as the Fla.R.App.Pro. Rule 9.800. The paper must be long enough to accommodate a well-treated topic but not exceed 5000 words.  A student may submit a work that has been written as a school assignment but nothing that has been previously published.

Your papers should be double spaced and submitted electronically by email to with the subject line “Justice Alto Adams Writing Competition 2015” no later than September 15th, 2015.  The winner will be awarded $500 and published in “Friendly Passages” magazine which is electronically circulated to most members of the Florida Bar.

Please email Jim Walker at with any questions.

We look forward to receiving your participation!



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