LCCHP Student Writing Competition in Cultural Heritage Preservation Law


The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation is delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 Law Student Writing Competition! First place was awarded to Anne Horn Baroody, a 2014 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, for her paper titled, Real Problems with Fake Antiquities and How Geographical Indications May Help.

Honorable Mention was awarded to An Artist is Someone Who Makes Art: The Legal Definition of Visual "Artist," written by Mia Logan, University of Miami School of Law, and Stolen Art and the Act of State Doctrine: An Unsettled Past and an Uncertain Future, written by Natalie Foote, DePaul University College of Law.

The LCCHP would like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who participated for their hard work and outstanding scholarship!



The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce its 2015 Law Student Writing Competition. Through this competition we endeavor to encourage and recognize scholarship in cultural heritage law by recognizing law students for superior papers in the field. The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 29, 2015.



The competition is open to US law students at law schools approved by the American Bar Association and recent law graduates who were students at the time they wrote their papers. Students enrolled in a JD, LLB, or other first degree program in law at an accredited faculty outside the United States may also participate. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. They are encouraged, but not required, to be a member of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.

Papers must be the work of one student author alone (joint submissions will not be considered).  Each author may submit only one paper to this year’s competition.



To be eligible for consideration, the paper must have been written between July 1, 2014 and June 29, 2015. Papers that have been published or accepted for publication are eligible for consideration as long as the other eligibility and formatting requirements are satisfied.

Papers may address any aspect of cultural heritage law relating to art, terrestrial and submerged cultural property, historic preservation, indigenous peoples, and intangible cultural heritage, but not  intellectual property or family law issues, except as they relate to material cultural heritage.



  • Submissions must be at least 20 and no more than 40 double-spaced pages, including footnotes, and must be paginated.
  • The text must be in 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • The footnotes must be in 10-point Times New Roman font. DO NOT USE ENDNOTES.
  • Use 1-inch margins on all sides.
  • Citations must conform to the current Harvard Law Review Association's Uniform System of Citation.
  • Submissions must be in the form of a seminar paper or law review article, not a memorandum, brief, judicial opinion, or other type of legal document.
  • Submissions must not include the author’s name, law school, or any other identifying information.

** Papers that fail to conform to these formatting requirements will not be considered.



Please submit your paper as a Word of PDF email attachment to

** Remember, papers must not include any identifying information.



The papers will be judged anonymously by a panel of experts in the field. The judges will base their decision on the student's ability to perform original research and demonstrate critical thinking. The panel will focus on:


  • Originality of thought
  • Originality of topic
  • Organization
  • Analysis/Persuasiveness
  • Quality of writing
  • Citation form
  • Appropriateness of authorities cited



The First Place winner will receive a cash award of $1,000. LCCHP may also award a Second Place prize of $500, at its discretion, if it determines that such a prize is appropriate. LCCHP reserves the right not to select a First Place winner if a majority of the judges so recommends. The judges will determine the winner(s) in September and announce them as soon as possible thereafter.

Past Recipients

2013: Lauren Harkey, UNC School of Law

Salome Kiwara-Wilson, DePaul University College of Law

2011: Laurie Frey, Columbia Law School

2010: Kelly Culbertson, Case Western Reserve University School of Law (First Place); Rebecca Menke, Cardozo School of Law (Second Place)

Amelia Sargent, Stanford University Law School (First Place);  Melanie Greer, DePaul University College of Law (Second Place)

2008: Ethan Plaut, University of Colorado Law School (First Place); Bryan Stockton of Georgetown Law School (Second Place)

2007: James A. Wawrzyniak, Harvard Law School (First Place); Dorothy Schmidt, Lewis and Clark Law School (Second Place)

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