National Association of Women Lawyers 2015 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
National Association of Women Lawyers ("NAWL") is a national
organization devoted to promoting the interests and progress of women
lawyers and women's legal rights. Since 1899, NAWL has served as an
educational forum and active voice for the concerns of women lawyers in
this country and abroad. Through its programs and networks, NAWL
provides the tools for women in the profession to advance, prosper, and
enrich the profession.
has established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing
Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on
issues concerning women and the law.
The rules for the competition are as follows:
should submit a paper on an issue concerning women's rights or the
status of women in the law. The most recent winning paper wasThe
Decriminalization of Rape on America's College Campuses: How Federal
Sex Discrimination Policy has Diminished the Role of the Criminal
Justice System in Combatting Sexual Violence written by Danielle Elizabeth DeBold, who was a 3L at New York University School of Law. View the paper here.
will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the
2014-15 school year. The essays must be the law student author's own
work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers
written by students for coursework or independent study during the
Summer, Fall or Spring semesters are eligible for submission.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial
feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project.
must be double-spaced in 12-point, Times New Roman font. All margins
must be one inch. Entries must not exceed fifteen (15) pages of text,
excluding notes, with footnotes placed as endnotes. Citation style
should conform to The Bluebook - A Uniform System of Citation. Essays longer than fifteen pages of text, excluding notes, or that are not in the required format may not be read.
JUDGING: NAWL and the Women Lawyers Journal designees
will judge the competition. Essays will be judged based upon content,
exhaustiveness of research, originality, writing style, and timeliness.
QUESTIONS:Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to the Writing Competition Chair, Professor Jennifer Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUBMISSION AND DEADLINE: Entries must be received by May 1, 2015.
Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the
discretion of NAWL. Entries must include a cover letter providing the
title of the essay, school affiliation, email address, phone number, and
mailing address of the author. Entries must be submitted electronically
in Microsoft Word via email to email@example.com.
AWARD: The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in the Women Lawyers Journal.