2016 LAW STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION IN CULTURAL HERITAGE LAW
The deadline to submit papers for the 2016 Law Student Writing Competition in cultural heritage law was Monday, June 27, 2016. The judges will determine the winner(s) in September, and announce them as soon as possible thereafter.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT A PAPER
The competition is open to U.S. 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.
WHAT PAPERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION
To be eligible for consideration, the paper must have been written between June 30, 2015 and June 27, 2016. 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.
WHAT ARE THE FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS FOR SUBMISSIONS
• 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.
WHAT IS THE SUBMISSION PROCESS
To submit your paper, please send an email with your paper as a Word or PDF email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
** 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
• 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.
2015 COMPETITION WINNER!
The winning paper of the 2015 LCCHP Law Student Writing Competition is Fakes and Forgeries: The Art (and Science) of Deception and Issues with Recovery, written by Heather Scruggs, Class of 2015 at South Texas College of Law. Congratulations to Ms. Scruggs and her law school, and thanks to the judges for their conscientiousness in judging the papers and their devotion to legal education and scholarship in the area of cultural heritage law.