The Federal Circuit Bar Association is pleased to announce the 2015 George Hutchinson Writing Competition, named
in honor of the first Chief Clerk of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The FCBA is comprised of more than
2,500 members who practice law in the areas that lie within the specialized jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was established in 1982 by Congress as the first Article III
appellate court to have exclusive jurisdiction over certain defined subject areas. Specifically, the Court's jurisdiction
includes appeals from all patent litigation (nationwide), Patent and Trademark Office decisions, government contract
claims, the International Trade Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board Appeals, and Veterans Appeals.
Entries to the contest may discuss any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of
the Court. The rules and further information can be found on the next page.
The competition is open to all law students enrolled in ABA accredited law schools. We permit and encourage
students to base their entries on papers that they prepared for law school courses and seminars during the 2014/2015
school year. The competition is open for the entire school year so that papers prepared during the most recent Fall or
Spring semester can be eligible.
Three thousand dollars ($3,000.00) will be awarded to the entry deemed by the judges to be the best entry which
merits the award. Second and third place cash prizes may also be awarded at the discretion of the judges. In addition,
the winner will receive significant favorable publicity among all members of FCBA.
RULES FOR 2015 GEORGE HUTCHINSON WRITING COMPETITION
1. Students enrolled for the 2014/2015 school year in any law school accredited by the American Bar Association
are eligible to enter. Pre-registration is not necessary. Submission of a paper in accordance with these rules
2. All papers shall be prepared during the 2014/2015 school year. Papers shall be the sole work product of the
student. Normal comment and guidance by law school faculty is permitted.
3. Papers are typically about 20 pages in length. Papers shall not exceed 50 pages, including footnotes. They
must be typed, double-spaced, on 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper. All citations and footnotes should be in accordance
with the current edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. An original and three additional
copies of each entry must be submitted.
4. Papers must deal with a topic that lies within the substance, procedure, or scope of the specialized jurisdiction
of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
5. The writing competition is judged by selected members of FCBA. The papers will be judged generally on their
substance, clarity, timeliness, and quality of argument, although details of form will not be ignored.
6. Papers are judged anonymously. The entrant's name and school should not appear on either the original
or copies of the paper. A separate cover letter listing the name, address, telephone number, law school,
and graduation year must be submitted with each entry. Because judging takes place during the
summer, applicants must inform the chairman of any change in address and phone number.
7. Submissions must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2016. Entries and any questions regarding the
competition should be addressed to:
George Hutchinson Writing Competition
BRINKS GILSON & LIONE
NBC Tower - Suite 3600
Chicago, Illinois 60611-5599
8. A cash prize of at least three thousand dollars ($3,000.00) will be awarded for the entry deemed by the judges
to be the best entry which merits the award. Second and third place cash prizes may also be awarded at the
judges' discretion. Winners will be publicly announced at the FCBA’s November 2016 Annual Dinner in
Washington, D.C. It is contemplated that the prize-winning paper will be published in the Federal Circuit Bar
Journal. All decisions of the judges are final.
9. Submissions will not be returned to the authors. Submission of a paper grants FCBA the right to publish the
paper in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. Previously published submissions will not be accepted. The FCBA
reserves the right to publish the paper first, at which point the author may proceed with publication elsewhere.
Failure of the student to preserve this grant may result in disqualification.
10. The FCBA reserves the right to screen entries and to limit the number of papers submitted to the judges for
final decision. The Association also reserves the right to not award a prize, should there be no entry that, in
the discretion of the FCBA, merits the award.