For the 2016 competition, submissions must address the following topic: The exponential growth of electronically stored information has in large part resulted in increased costs and burdens on parties involved in litigation, delays in litigation due to gamesmanship in discovery divorced from the merits of an action, and severe sanctions for unintentional discovery failures.  The Rules, as amended in December 2015, are intended to reshape these aspects of civil discovery and other issues impacting "the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action." (Fed. R. Civ. P. 1)  Identify and fully explain which new Rule you believe will have the greatest impact on the civil discovery process and to what extent, if any, the Rule identified impacts a corporate party's information management practices or policies.  The contest judges are looking for creativity and support for arguments as well as excellent writing and reasoning.
Submission of the proposed Federal Rules of Civil Procedure by the Supreme Court of the United States, April 29, 2015 (
Legal Information Institute (




  1. Papers must contain only uncollaborated, original work.
  2. Papers may relate to research done by the student outside the context of the 2016 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 and a runner-up based on the Evaluation Criteria described above.  
  3. All decisions of the judges will be final.  
  4. The author of the winning selection will receive a $2,500 cash award, and the runner-up will receive a $1,000 cash award.

Sponsored By:
In Conjunction With:
Redgrave LLP