Jackson Lewis Writing Competition

The Arizona office of Jackson Lewis, LLP, the second largest labor and employment law firm in the country, is offering a scholarship award of $5,000 to one eligible law student who demonstrates an interest in labor or employment law. It is not a requirement that an entrant has worked in or taken classes in employment or labor law.

Competition Criteria

To participate in the Jackson Lewis Writing Competition, you must satisfy all of the following criteria:
  • Participants must be either a 1L or 2L.
  • Participants must demonstrate an interest in the area of labor and employment law,
  • Participants must provide complete reasons to the items below, following instructions carefully.
  • All written responses must be written in Times New Roman, 13-point font, and double spaced.
  • All work must be your own, including all editing.
Please submit your entry to Joseph Lindsay, in room 119, no later than noon on Friday, November 16, 2012. Deadline extended to Monday,November 26, 2012

1.  Please describe your interests you have about labor or employment law, including a statement as to how your interest developed and what, if anything, you have done to further your knowledge of current issues in the areas of labor and employment law or any relevant experience in this area. (No more than 3 paragraphs.)
2.  Please describe your career goals, and how labor or employment law may impact your future work. (No more than 2 paragraphs.)
3.  Select on of the two topics below and write no more than 3 pages, in memo format, responding to the issues raised. Please cite to the appropriate legal and secondary authority in support of your arguments.
a. The past several years have seen a very significant shift in courts' willingness to hold the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accountable for complying with its statutory mandate to "endeavor to eliminate any such alleged unlawful employment practice by informal methods of conference, conciliation, and persuasion" before filing suit. 42 U.S.C. ยง 200e-5(b). [See, e.g., Proposed Order] Briefly describe a recent federal court decision (issued after January 1, 2009) that deals in some depth with the issue of the EEOC's failure to conciliate in good faith. Analyze the action or lack of action taken by the court based on the EEOC's failure to conciliate. Analyze whether, in light of the EEOC's statutory duty, you believe the court decided the issue correctly.

b. The National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") has recently expanded its application of Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA") to cover a wide-range of employee conduct in both union and non-union workplaces. [See e.g., Decisions] Given the wide-spread popularity of social media, the implications for employers are significant. Read the attached NLRB decisions and discuss the impact that these decisions have on the employment relationship.

Up to three finalists will be invited to visit the Jackson Lewis Phoenix office and meet many of our local attorneys, after which a final selection will be made.