For the 2014 competition, submissions must address the following topic: What changes should be made to the civil discovery rules to better facilitate the just, speedy, and inexpensive resolution of matters?
By way of explanation, many changes are currently being considered at the federal level, and many rules have been enacted at the state and local levels.  Would the student endorse rules changes from various states and local districts or those under consideration at the federal level or would the student propose new alternatives for change?  The judges are looking for creativity and support for the proposed changes (and why they would make the system better) as well as excellent writing and reasoning.
  1. Papers must contain only uncollaborated, original work.
  2. Papers may relate to research done by the student outside the context of the 2014 competition.



  1. The paperís length must not exceed 5,000 total words.  The word count is applicable to the total paper; the words on the title page, footnotes, figures, and tables are to be included.
  2. All papers should be submitted in Microsoft Word document format, using 12 point font for all text.  Papers must be typed double-spaced, with one-inch margins and numbered pages.  All citations should be footnotes in 10 point font, single-spaced, with one-inch margins.
  3. The first page must be a cover page that includes the following information: the studentís name, telephone number, and email address; the name of the studentís school; and the title of the paper.  The cover page must also contain the final word count for the document.
  4. At the top of page two, the student must place the title of the paper all in capitals.  After the title, two lines must be skipped and the text of the paper should begin.
  5. If tables or figures are included, they are to be placed after the text according to the following rules:
    • On the first page after the end of the text, a list of all tables and figures should be provided.  
    • Each table and figure will then be placed on a separate page.

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Originality.
  2. Quality of legal and technical analysis.
  3. Quality of writing.
  4. Citation of authority and support for arguments.



  1. R. Stanton Dodge, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, DISH Network L.L.C., along with attorneys from the leading Information Law firm of Redgrave LLP, will judge the entries to this competition.  
  2. The judges will evaluate all eligible submissions and, in their sole discretion, select a winning entry based on the Evaluation Criteria described above.  
  3. All decisions of the judges will be final.  
  4. The winning selection will receive a $3,500 cash award along with an invitation to present his/her paper on a webinar hosted by Redgrave LLP.

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In Conjunction With:
Redgrave LLP