March 2012
President's Message
A Special Message from the President for Members in Transition
Effective Negotiation and the Art of War
Knowledge Management for Law Departments
Inaugural NJCCA Legal Fiction Writing Competition
ACC Recognizing Value in Legal Spending
Help Set The Agenda for
Substantive Articles
Our New Members
Members Notes
Upcoming NJCCA Events
ACC National Five-Year Strategic Plan
Online Attorney Registration Now Open
Legal Departments of the Year Awards
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Inaugural NJCCA Legal Fiction Writing Competition

To our Members and Sponsors:

Are you the next John Grisham?  Are you channeling your inner Scott Turow?  Is there a law-related story that you’ve been waiting to tell?  If so, then this competition is for you!

It is with great excitement that we unveiled the NJCCA’s Legal Fiction Writing Competition this past month. For those of you who may have missed the e-mail from our Executive Director, details are included in this Newsletter and you can click on this link to find the Rules and Regulations of the Competition which includes a self-explanatory Copyright License Agreement.

The idea for the Legal Fiction Writing Competition came to me over the holidays as I read a novel that my mother-in-law had given to me, The Litigators by John Grisham. Grisham began his career as a practicing attorney before transitioning to a full-time author. The thought struck me that we probably have a number of very talented fiction writers among our members and sponsors but who lack an outlet to display their works. I thought it would be a lot of fun to have a friendly legal fiction writing competition, with the winner getting his or her work published in our Newsletter and free attendance for one year at our major events, with the runners-up receiving recognition and free attendance at various events. In this way, the idea for this competition was born.

We are truly looking forward to reading the submissions from as many of you as possible. Please take careful note of the guidelines for length, margins, etc., as well as the May 25 submission deadline. May the best writers win!

If you have any questions about the Legal Fiction Writing Competition or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact me at (201) 272-5308 or I always look forward to chatting with NJCCA members.