2016 Student Writing Competition

Power and Authority in Promoting Justice for All

TOPIC

The article must be a cutting-edge legal/law and society issue related to the conference theme: “Power and Authority” in Promoting Justice for All.

ELIGIBILITY

The 2016 competition is open to all students currently enrolled in an ABA- accredited law school during the 2015-2016 academic year. The student must be a current J.D. candidate.

DEADLINE

January 18, 2016. Submit entries via email to vtaylor@charlottlelaw.edu or  Linh.Dai@nau.edu.

FORMAT

Entries should be a scholarly piece fit for publication in a law review. Entries should follow standard footnote formatting, including Bluebook (20th edition) citation form. All entries must be submitted in English. Each entry should be no less than 20 pages and no more than 25 single-sided double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-point Times New Roman font.

Entrants should not include their name or the name of their school on the competition paper itself. Instead, participants must submit a cover page indicating their name, school, permanent address, and telephone number.

Entries containing endnotes or including appendices or supplemental material will not be considered.

Published papers or papers already accepted for publication are ineligible. Each student may submit only one entry. Entries should be the sole work of the author and should not yet have undergone editing by others. Editing includes any significant revision as well as technical or substantive review of citations. Informal support, such as general comments on preliminary drafts, is permitted.

All entries must be submitted electronically in either Word or PDF format. The student is responsible for confirming receipt of his/her submission. Technical errors on the student’s end will not be the basis for extending the submission deadline.

JUDGING: All competition papers will undergo a blind review process from the writing competition panel. Therefore, entrants should not include their name or the name of their school on the competition paper itself. Instead, participants must submit a cover page indicating their name, school, permanent address, and telephone number.

QUESTIONS: Associate Professor M. Victoria Taylor at vtaylor@charlottlelaw.edu or Linh K. Dai at linhdai@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.seswpocc.org

AWARDS

First Place

  • $1,000 cash award
  • Expenses paid to travel to the conference (airfare, hotel & registration).
  • First place award plaque presented during the conference.
  • Special works-in-progress session to present paper
  • Assistance/feedback on improving the paper for publication.

Second Place

  • $500 cash award
  • Second place award plaque

Third Place

  • A book on publishing