Monday, January 5, 2009

Family Law -- Recognition, Potential Publication -- Essay Format -- March 27, 2009

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

from the competition announcement materials:

The subject may be any aspect of family law. The primary focus of each essay should be an issue of law, although some interdisciplinary material may be useful in addressing a legal issue. Since winning entries may be published in Family Law Quarterly, entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest. Essays on such subjects usually include citations to the law of several jurisdictions. However, if the law in one state reflects a significant development or trend, that too could be an appropriate subject for an entry.

Essays should be limited to approximately 5,000 words (25 double-spaced, typewritten pages including footnotes). Longer essays will be judged unfavorably, and those longer than 28 pages will be disqualified. Essays scheduled to be published, and essays that have previously been published, are ineligible for consideration.

The essay format was selected to stimulate creativity of thought. Entries will be judged on the basis of originality, quality of analysis, quality of research, style and organization, and practicality and timeliness of subject. For more information, click: here

Previous essays are linked here. Titles of two of last year's winning essays include:

"Second Class Families: Interstate Recognition of Queer Adoption"

"Avoiding Round Two: The Inadequacy of Current Relocation Laws and a Proposed Solution"