CONSTANCE BAKER MOTLEY NATIONAL STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION
The American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter host an annual national student writing competition in honor of Constance Baker Motley's legacy. As a civil rights attorney, first woman elected President of the Borough of Manhattan, and the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench, Motley’s life-long commitment to equality for all aligns with ACS's mission to ensure that law is a force to improve the lives of all people. The deadline for the 2018 CBM competition has passed.
ACS welcomes all student papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. Entrants are encouraged to view this topic broadly, and we welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas. Examples of possible topics include:
Papers were judged on the quality of their analysis and writing. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. The student authors of the top three papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention in the summer of 2018 and a cash prize for their work. The winner will be awarded $3,000. Each of the two runners-up will receive $1,000. The top paper would be eligible for publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.
Felony Disenfranchisement Laws: Paying and Re-paying a Debt to Society.
-Christina Beeler, University of Houston Law Center
Your Secret Life According to Your Honda Accord: Applying the Fourth Amendment to Automobile Infotainment Data.
- Natasha Harnwell-Davis, Columbia Law School
The Path to Standing: Asserting the Inherent Injury of the Data Breach.
- Jennifer Joslin, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law
The Ad Hoc Federal Crime of Terrorism: Why Congress Needs to Amend the Statute to Properly Address Domestic Extremism.
-Nathan Carpenter, St. John’s University School of Law
Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide: Applying the Fourth Amendment to Connected Cars in the Internet-of-Things Era.
-Gregory Brown, Jr., St. John’s University School of Law
Achieving Ake: Defendancts Deserve the Constitutional Right to Independent Mental Health Professionals.
-Alexandra Marinucci, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Can You Hear Me Now: Stingray Cell Tower Mimes Under Constitutional Scrutiny.
-Triston O’Savio, Penn State’s Dickinson Law
Click here more information about the Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law.