18th Annual Writing Competition

The NNALSA Writing Competition recognizes excellence in legal research and writing related to Indian law on a federal or tribal level.  NNALSA encourages law students to develop their research and writing skills to enhance the subject area of Indian law.  Eligible topics are Federal Indian law and policy, Tribal law and policy, International law and policy concerning indigenous peoples, and Comparative Law (i.e. intertribal or government-to-government studies).  The NNALSA writing competition increases awareness of issues affecting Indigenous people around the world.  

The competition is open to all matriculated law students regardless of race or tribal membership status.  The local host NALSA chapter will review the article submissions and select a winner based on the writing competition rules.  The top three submissions receives a cash prize and publication in an official law journal that is selected by the host committee.  Winners will be announced at the Annual NNALSA Meeting at the Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference in April. 


“Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women”

Across the nation, the rates of missing and murdered indigenous women are disparaging and have drawn significant concern. Tribal, federal and state governments; communities; and organizations are uncovering new strategies and legal mechanisms to address this issue. The topic of the 18th Annual Writing Competition, “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women,” requests competitors to provide legal research and writing surrounding this issue.


Submission Deadline

Competitors must submit their writing no later than 11:59 PM EST on March 1, 2019 by email to Joseph Byrd at byrdjo@law.unm.edu. Submissions must include completed Competitor Form.



The top three submissions will receive a cash scholarship. The winning submission will also have the writing published in the official law journal that is selected by the host committee. 


Competition Information

Submissions must be at least twenty-five (25) double spaced pages and no longer than fifty (50) double spaced pages. Submissions must not contain the author’s name or law school affiliation. Each submission will be scored by a panel of  judges.  Please review all writing competition rules available at http://www.nationalnalsa.org/writing-competition.


Joseph Byrd: byrdjo@law.unm.edu.

University of New Mexico School of Law NALSA President

This year's  NNALSA Writing Competition is hosted by the

NALSA Chapter of University of New Mexico School of Law.