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Eureka! Win $2,500 in California legal history writing competition


The California Supreme Court Historical Society is taking entries for its Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition.

The society is seeking original, unpublished scholarly writing on any aspect of California legal history, ranging from the Supreme Court itself, and its justices and decisions, to local events of legal historical importance – including biography, significant cases, independent state interpretation, the California Constitution, and reorganization of the court system, as well as areas of law such as criminal law, civil rights, family law, tort liability, environmental law, and taxation – in any time period from 1846 to the present.

On the leading position and nationwide influence of the California Supreme Court, see the article on “Followed Rates” by Jake Dear and Edward W. Jessen.

The deadline is June 30, 2017.

The first-place winner receives $2,500 and publication in the society’s journal, California Legal History.

The second-place winner receives $500, and third place receives $250. The runners-up will be eligible for possible publication in the journal.

The entries will be judged by a panel of legal historians.

The submission must be written during the student’s enrollment in a school of law.

Submissions must be between 6,000 and 15,000 words, exclusive of footnotes, in 12-point type, double-spaced, with 1″ margins. To ensure anonymity, the author’s name should appear only on a separate cover page with mailing address, telephone number, email address, and name of school. Entries should be submitted as an email attachment in electronic format (Word, WordPerfect, or PDF).

Send your questions to to the CSCHS Student Writing Competition Chair at

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