Welcome to the New Academic Year!

A new academic year has begun, and with the new year, I’ll be resuming regular posting here on the “Think Like a Lawyer” blog.

To start things off, I want to announce an interesting new student legal writing competition. As part of its upcoming 2014 Southeast/Southwest People of Color
Legal Scholarship Conference on Feb. 27-March 2, TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law will sponsor its annual Student Writing Competition, open to all students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school during the academic year.

Here is the law school’s description of the competition requirements:

“Typically, entries will be a scholarly paper fit for publication in a law review (20-page length minimum). The paper for this year’s competition is due on Monday, December 2, 2013.  Our conference theme is ‘Civil Rights as Human Rights: Still Struggling 50 Years after the 1964 Civil Rights Act.’  For more information, please visit the conference
site at http://www.seswpocc.org<http://www.seswpocc.org>.  (Detailed program information
will be posted soon.)

Detailed instructions about the competition may be found at http://www.seswpocc.org<http://www.seswpocc.org> and certain information
is provided below.

ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to all students currently enrolled in an
ABA-accredited law school during the 2013-2014 academic years. The student
must be a current J.D. candidate.

DEADLINE: Due Monday, December 2, 2013.

FORMAT: Entries should be a scholarly piece fit for publication in a law review. Entries
should follow standard footnote formatting, including Bluebook (19th or newer
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.  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.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS: Please contact Assistant Professor M. Victoria Taylor at
vtaylor@charlottelaw.edu<mailto:vtaylor@charlottelaw.edu> or Linh K.
Dai at Linh.Dai@asu.edu<mailto:Linh.Dai@asu.edu>.”

This strikes me as a very timely and important topic for papers, and I hope that many law students will compete.

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