Friday, October 24, 2008

Progressive Constitutional Law 2/20/09 -- $3,000 and $1,000 (2nd and 3rd prize)

The American Constitution Society welcomes all papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. Entrants are encouraged to view this topic broadly, and we welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas. Examples of possible topics include:

· access to the courts,

· civil liberties,

· consumer rights,

· criminal justice,

· disability rights,

· freedom of speech,

· GLBT rights,

· human rights,

· immigration,

· labor law,

· voting and the political process,

· privacy,

· protection of health, safety, and the environment,

· racial equality,

· religion,

· separation of powers and federalism, and

· women's reproductive rights and reproductive freedom

Papers will be judged on the quality of their analysis and writing. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. The top paper will also receive an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 20, 2009.

We invite you to pass along this information to your fellow students and professors. To learn more about the competition, including information on registration, abstracts of past winning submissions and full copies of winning submissions, please visit the ACS National Student Writing Competition website. If you have any questions, please contact LadyStacie Rimes ( and/or Rachel Zuraw (

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