Tuesday, July 14, 2009

October 1, 2009; $1,000; Immigration/Violence Against Women

Submit an Essay for the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and American University Washington College of Law Writing Competition. Details: here (.doc file)

From the web site of The Modern American at American University Washington College of Law:

The Modern American is the Washington College of Law’s student-run publication dedicated to diversity and the law. Our mission is to provide a forum for a frank, yet healthy discussion of the legal system's treatment of racial, sexual, ethnic, and other underrepresented people. We present articles dedicated to the cutting-edge analysis of the current social and legal remedies for issues facing these minority communities. Our goal is to feature a broad spectrum of stimulating articles by students, legal scholars, and practitioners from all over the country.

Our mission stems from the fact that today, we live in a time where the lines that separate issues of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender are rapidly moving loser together. As an increasingly diverse nation, we cannot limit the discussion of legal issues and civil rights to simple sound bites such as “blacks vs. whites,” “liberal vs. conservative,” or “women vs. men.” We, at The Modern American, want to initiate a full discussion encompassing all the complexity within the minority community, gender relations, and sexuality by publishing articles that provide a unique perspective in analyzing diversity and the law. However, our philosophy is to present a balanced perspective on critical issues, including both liberal and conservative views. We are a diverse population and it would be a travesty to present only one voice.

The Modern American is not limited to just legal issues, however. We include other relevant information in our issues to educate the interested reader. For example, we examine upcoming legislation, provide reviews of recent books or movies relevant to the minority community, and create spotlights on interesting people who are heading legal and social change in the United States. Currently, we are available on the LexisNexis and v.lex.com databases. With each issue, our publication reaches over 100 countries around the globe, and our readership is expanding on a continual basis.


Hat tip to the University of Idaho Writing Competition site.


Image, Wikipedia, world immigration rates.