Law Student Writing Competition Addressing Domestic Violence

The ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence is holding a law student writing competition addressing domestic violence. Law students are invited to submit articles addressing domestic violence and the law from a national or international perspective. The deadline for submission is May 31, 2013 at 5 p.m. EST.

Awards

  • 1st Place: Publication in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. Resolution from the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence and honorarium
  • 2nd Place: Resolution from the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence and national publicity
  • 3rd Place: Resolution from the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence and national publicity

All past and present winners’ names and papers appear on the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence website. Links to submissions by previous winners can be found here.

How to Submit:

E-mail your paper as a Microsoft Word document by the deadline of May 31, 2013, 5 p.m. EST. No exceptions. Winners will be notified in August 2013.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions must further the legal needs of victims of domestic violence or domestic violence victims and their children, or advance efforts to address the incidence, causes and effects of intimate partner violence.
  • Submissions may be no longer than 7500 words (typically 20-25 pages), including footnotes and other text but excluding author identifying information, and must be double-spaced with one-inch margins. Any paper exceeding the 7500 word limit WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Students are free to submit papers of shorter length as we are most concerned with quality and originality.
  • Authors must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school at the date of their submission or may have graduated in December 2012 or May 2013.
  • Submissions may not have been previously accepted for publication and, if they have been submitted elsewhere for publication, the first place winner must certify that the first publication of the article will be in the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law.
  • The ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence reserves the right not to name a winner of the competition if it determines that none of the submissions are of appropriate quality.