For the 2013 contest, writers should address the question, "Is Democracy for Sale?"
Prize: $5000 and free 2013 Public Justice membership
Any student currently enrolled in an accredited American law school may enroll in the contest. Each entry must be submitted through a faculty advisor. All entrants must fill out and submit an intent-to-enter form by January 31, 2013 (see link at bottom of page) and mail, fax or e-mail it to: Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest, Public Justice Foundation, Attention: Cassandra Goings, 1825 K St. NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006. Fax: 202-232-7203. E-mail: email@example.com.
Essays must be received by March 31, 2013.
ELIGIBILITY OF ESSAY
If the essay is prepared for academic credit, it is eligible only if submitted for credit during the 2012-13 academic year. If the essay was neither prepared nor submitted for academic credit, it is eligible only if prepared for this contest during the 2012-13 academic year. If the essay was prepared as part of paid legal work outside of law school, it is not eligible for this contest.
Students must also submit an abstract (limited to 100 words) describing the paper. Please include name, address, law school and phone number on the abstract. The author's name and law school must NOT appear anywhere in the essay other than on the cover page and abstract.
Applicants must submit both hard copy and electronic copy of the essay and the abstract. A hard copy and a burned CD containing the essay and the abstract in Microsoft Word or WordPerfect format should be mailed to Public Justice at the aforementioned address. The pages of the hard copy must be firmly fastened together with a cover page containing the following information:
Essays must not exceed 50 pages of 8½ by 11-inch paper, double-spaced, excluding footnotes.
Essays must have only one author. Joint essays will not be accepted.
Essays will not be returned to the authors, and the judges' comments and evaluations will not be provided to the applicants. Public Justice reserves the non-exclusive right to publish in hard-copy all or part of the essay or abstract at its discretion.
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PUBLIC JUSTICE AND THE APPLICANTS
Any questions, clarifications, or requests from the applicant should be communicated to Cassandra Goings at 202-797-8600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate "Access to Justice Essay Contest" in the subject line of your e-mail.
And thank you!