National Association of Women Lawyers®
2014 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law. The most recent winning paper was “Prosecutorial Indiscretion: District Attorneys’ Misuse of Alabama’s Chemical Endangerment Law to Criminalize Pregnant Women’s Substance Abuse” written by Amy Kokot, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Please view paper at www.nawl.org.
Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2013-14 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.
FORMAT: Essays must be double-spaced in 12-point, Times New Roman font. All margins must be at least 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 15 pages of text, excluding notes, or which are not in the required format may not be read.
JUDGING: NAWL designees will judge the competition. Essays will be judged based upon content, exhaustiveness of research, originality, writing style, and timeliness.
SUBMISSION AND DEADLINE: Entries must be received by May 1, 2014. Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the discretion of NAWL. Entries must provide a cover letter providing the title of your essay, school affiliation, email address, phone number and mailing address. Entries must be submitted in the following format: email an electronic version (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) to email@example.com.
AWARD: The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will