American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition

Deadline: 
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Award Amount: 

The student authors of the top three papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention in the summer of 2018 and a cash prize for their work. The winner will be awarded $3,000. Each of the two runners-up will receive $1,000. The top paper would be eligible for publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.


ACS welcomes all student 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:

Census Report
Civil Legal Aid
Civil Liberties
Constitutional Convention
Consumer Rights
Criminal Justice
Disability Rights
Freedom of Speech
Immigration
Indigent Defense
Money in Politics (including Judicial Elections)
Labor Law
LGBTQIA Rights
Privacy
Protection of Health, Safety, and the Environment
Racial Equality
Religion
Role of State Attorneys General
Second Amendment and Guns
Separation of Powers and Federalism
Women's Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Freedom
Voting and Political Process