LCCHP Student Writing Competition in Cultural Heritage Preservation Law

The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce its 2017 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 Friday, June 30, 2017.


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.


To be eligible for consideration, the paper must have been written between June 30, 2016 and June 30, 2017. 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.


To submit your paper, please send an email with your paper as a Word or 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 judges will determine the winner(s) in September, and announce them as soon as possible thereafter.

The First Place winner will receive a cash award of $1,000. If a tie occurs, the First Place winners will split the cash award. LCCHP reserves the right not to select a First Place winner if a majority of the judges so recommends. LCCHP may also award a Second Place prize of $500, at its discretion, if it determines that such a prize is appropriate.


Co-First Place
Laura Elizabeth Booth 
Georgetown University Law Center

Award Amount: $500
Paper: "Mining the Sacred: The Struggle to Protect Oak Flat as Illustrating the Need to Increase the Authority of Native Americans in the Review of Sacred Places Located on Non-Tribal Lands Under the Section 106 Process" 
Bio: Laura graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in the Spring of 2016 and will join Latham & Watkins LLP in their Chicago office in Fall 2016.

Co-First Place
Paige Marie Casaly
New York University School of Law

Award Amount: $500
Paper: "The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi: Cultural Property and World Heritage in International Criminal Law"
Bio: Paige graduated in May with JD from NYU School of Law, and is awaiting bar results in New York. She will be completing a one year fellowship at the New York office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees beginning October 2016, after which she hopes to continue her career in the field of human rights and international organizations. 

Honorable Mention
Kate Falconer
Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Paper:"Bones of Contention: The Lex Situs Rule and the Illicit Trade in Archaeological Human Remains"
Bio: Kate graduated from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia with a Bachelors of Arts (with an extended major in archaeology) and an LLB (Hons). She is currently undertaking an LLM in U.S. Law at the Washington University in St Louis School of Law.

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.

Past Recipients

2015: Heather Scruggs, South Texas College of Law

2014: Anne Horn Baroody, University of Georgia School of Law

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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