The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers invites law students from accredited law schools in the United States to submit essays for a chance to be published in The Championmagazine.
2012 Essay Topic
Recently, many states have amended their voting laws to implement registration regulations, identification requirements, and voter-roll purges. In the name of “electoral reform,” proponents of these measures argue that they are necessary to improve the “security” and “integrity” of elections, which, in their view, have been compromised. Opponents of these efforts assert that there is scant evidence of nationwide voter fraud, and in reality, these efforts are mere pretext to disenfranchise qualified citizens from exercising their fundamental right to vote. Do these laws promote secure and fair elections? If so, what are the specific problems they address and how do they address them? Are these laws just pretextual efforts to disenfranchise voters? If so, are there any legitimate ways to regulate elections and guard against fraud?
The contest is open to all students who are enrolled in the 2012-2013 academic year and in good academic standing at an accredited law school in the United States.
There will be one first prize winner, one second prize winner, and one honorable mention.
Entries must be received by 5 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on December 31, 2012. Entries must be submitted by email to Daniel Weir at email@example.com. All entries must be accompanied by the Essay Competition Entry Form. To confirm receipt of submission, contact Daniel Weir. Other questions? Contact Geneva Vanderhorst at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winning entrants will be notified on February 1, 2013 and winners will be announced at www.nacdl.org/essaycompetition/.
STUDENTS: Please review the full contest rules below and make the entry form, also below, the first page of your submission.
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