Thursday, February 5, 2009

California Legal History Writing Competition

The California Supreme Court Historical Society announces a Student Writing Competition for 2009. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2009. The winning author will receive a prize of $2,500 and publication in the Society’s journal, California Legal History. Second and third place winners may also be chosen, and all winning papers will be posted on the Society’s website.

The announcement states that a submission must be:
an original, unpublished scholarly writing on any aspect of California legal history, ranging from the Supreme Court itself and its justices and decisions, to local events of legal historical importance—including biography, significant cases, independent state interpretation, the California Constitution, and reorganization of the court system, as well as areas of law such as criminal law, civil rights, family law, tort liability, environmental law, and taxation—in any time period from 1846 to the present.
Submitters must be enrolled in law school or a graduate program in history, political science, government, public policy, or a related field.

To submit or for further admission, please contact, A pdf of the announcement is here.

Pdfs of the winning entries from an earlier competition are here. They are:
First Place: "Preventive Tax Policy: Chief Justice Roger J. Traynor's Tax Philosophy" by Mirit Eyal-Cohen.

Second Place: "Mosk and Capital Punishment in California: A Liberal Approach to the Death Penalty" by Amber A. Trumbull.

Third Place: "The Rise and Fall of Rose Bird: A Career Killed by the Death Penalty" by Patrick K. Brown.
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