Saturday, November 8, 2008

Pregnancy, Law, Civil Rights -- May 31, '09; $1,000 first prize

Deadline: May 31, 2009
NAPW Law Student Writing Competition 2008-2009 Academic School Year. $1,000 first prize

The first contest asks for a critical analysis of the absence of birthing rights issues from gender discrimination and feminist jurisprudence textbooks and curricula (in fact, none of the top three casebooks used in law school courses dedicated to gender and the law address the issue of childbirth or midwifery). The second contest asks students to develop legal theories that can be used to challenge policies banning pregnant women from having a vaginal birth after a prior caesarean section (VBAC). This topic will encourage students to address a growing problem that has received very little attention from the feminist legal community both in academia and within the leading women's rights legal advocacy organizations.

More information: 1) Contest Flyer

2) National Advocates for Pregnant Women web site

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