Centennial Writing Competition

The 2012-2013 Student Bar Association Centennial Writing Competition

Critical Issues Facing the United States Supreme Court

TOPIC:    Since the University of San Francisco School of Law first opened its doors in 1912, the United States Supreme Court has decided a multitude of cases that have had significant social and public policy implications.  In choosing to consider cases involving same-sex marriage, voting rights, and affirmative action, among other consequential issues, the current court has decided to weigh in on some of the most important matters of our time.  What is the most significant issue currently facing the court (2012-2013 Docket), how should the issue be resolved, and how would you address the issue if you were a policymaker?

AWARD:  Each winner of the writing competition will receive one complimentary ticket ($300) to the University of San Francisco School of Law Centennial Gala Dinner (black-tie), which will take place on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at San Francisco City Hall.  Winners may also be invited to present their paper at an event sponsored by the Student Bar Association Intellectual Community Fund. 

ELIGIBILITY:  Writing competition entries may be written by any currently enrolled (full-time or part-time) student at the University of San Francisco School of Law and must be written by one and only one student, without line editing by professors or other advisors.  Only original, unpublished, scholarly writing will be considered.

LENGTH & FORMAT: Writing competition entries must be 10 - 12 pages in Times New Roman 12-point typeface, double-spaced, with one-inch margins and page numbers on the bottom center of each page.  Citations must conform to either the Uniform System of Citations (The Bluebook) or the ALWD Citation Manual.  

To ensure anonymity, the author's name should appear only on a separate cover page with mailing address, telephone number, email address and Year (1L, 2L, 3L or 4L). Entries must be submitted as an email attachment in electronic format (Word or PDF).  The Subject Line of the email should be formatted as follows: [Centennial Writing Competition] Last Name, First Name, Year (1L, 2L, 3L or 4L).

DEADLINE:  All entries should be submitted electronically to sba@usfca.edu and must be received no later than 5:00 pm, January 25, 2013.  Early submissions are welcome.  Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.

JUDGING:  Entries will be judged anonymously, based on quality, clarity, originality and organization, by members of the Student Bar Association Council.  Winners will be announced the week of January 28, 2013.

Please contact the SBA Centennial Committee at sba@usfca.edu with questions.