2014 Student Writing Competition in Cultural Heritage Preservation Law

The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce its 2014 Student Writing Competition. In doing so, we continue to encourage and recognize scholarship in cultural heritage law by awarding law students for superior papers in the field. This year's deadline for submissions is Monday, June 30, 2014. 

The competition is open to US law students, and recent law graduates who were students at the time that they wrote their papers, of schools approved by the American Bar Association. 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 members of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.

Papers must be the work of one student author alone (joint submissions will not be considered). Students may only submit one paper. The paper must have been written between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, and at the time of submission, it cannot have been published or accepted for publication. An author may submit only one paper to that year's competition.

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

The papers will be judged anonymously by a panel of experts in the field. They will base their decision on the student's ability to think critically, analyze and resolve a legal issue, or to conduct legal historical research using original sources. 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.


• Submissions must be at least 20 but no more than 40 double-spaced pages, including footnotes.
• 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 Harvard Law Review Association's Uniform System of Citation.
Your submission 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.
• Do not include your name, law school, or any other identifying information on your submission.

To submit your paper, please first fill out the online submission form below. Then submit your paper as a Word or PDF email attachment, together with the submission form, to competition@culturalheritagelaw.org
**Remember, papers must not include any identifying information.

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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