2014-2015 California Criminal Law Section Student Writing Competition

The Criminal Law Section of the California State Bar is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 student writing competition. The competition is open to all currently enrolled law students.  The grand prize is $1500 and publication in the California Criminal Law Journal.  We hope all of you will encourage your students to participate. Each year, we have been getting more submissions from across the country.

GRAND PRIZE

$1500 cash prize

The Grand Prize –winning paper will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California

One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section

THREE HONORABLE MENTION PRIZES:

$500 cash prize

Each of the papers awarded Honorable Mention status will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California

One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for consideration, the paper must be written solely by a student enrolled in law school at the time the author submits a paper to this Competition.

CONTEST RULES

The paper must pertain to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California. The paper should be original and scholarly. It should be appropriately and carefully annotated to reflect the authorities that support the author’s opinions and findings, and upon which the author otherwise relies.

Papers should be between 1,500 and 4,500 words in length, including any citations, and should follow the citation style of The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation. Papers that have previously been published in a book, journal, magazine, or newspaper are not eligible.

Papers submitted to the Competition must be in Word format and sent by e-mail attachment to each of the Criminal Law Journal co-editors:

Anne Perry (Anne.Perry2@usdoj.gov); Lani Biafore (lbiafore@aol.com); Decio Rangel (decio@deciorangellaw.com).

Papers submitted to the 2014-2015 Criminal Law Section Student Paper Competition must be e-mailed no later than midnight, February 28, 2015. Submissions must be accompanied by an e-mail cover letter verifying the author’s current law school enrollment and authorizing the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar to publish the paper in the Criminal Law Journal.

~Any questions can be addressed to Anne Perry at anne.perry2@usdoj.gov, or co-editors Lani Biafore (lbiafore@aol.com) or Decio Rangel (decio@DecioRangellaw.com).~