Sponsors


The Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition is sponsored by R. Ben Hogan III of Hogan Law Office, PC, in Birmingham, Alabama, and Gerson H. Smoger of Smoger & Associates in Dallas, Texas, and Oakland, California. It is administered by Public Citizen.

The 2017 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition

Topic

Administered by Public Citizen, the Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition is soliciting submissions:

What Does the Trump Presidency Mean for Access to Justice?

Prizes

  • $5,000
  • Complimentary 2017 Public Citizen membership

This competition is sponsored by R. Ben Hogan III of Hogan Law Office, PC, in Birmingham, Alabama, and Gerson H. Smoger of Smoger & Associates in Dallas, Texas, and Oakland, California. The competition is administered by Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization. With more than 350,000 members and supporters nationwide, Public Citizen advocates for a healthier and more equitable world.

Competition Details

Submission Deadline: Essays must be submitted by email no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 28, 2017, to Amanda Fleming at afleming@citizen.org. Papers emailed after this date will not be considered.

Eligibility: The competition is open to all current law students and all masters of law students. Co-authored submissions are eligible; if selected, the co-authors will share the prize. Each submission must be an original, unpublished academic work, but simultaneous submissions will be accepted. If a submission has been accepted for publication, the student should include the journal’s written consent to the posting of the paper on Public Citizen’s website, which will feature appropriate attribution.

Content: Essay submissions are sought on the topic: “What Does the Trump Presidency Mean for Access to Justice?"

Format: Submissions must be emailed as Microsoft Word documents. They may be full-length law review articles or shorter academic essays. The word count may be between 6,000 and 25,000 words, not including footnotes. Essays should use footnotes (not endnotes).

Judging Process: A panel of lawyers, including law professors and practitioners, will judge the submissions based on depth of analysis, quality of writing, originality, and thoroughness.

Winning Submission and Prizes: The winner will be notified by email, and the winning paper will be posted on Public Citizen’s website. The winner will receive $5,000 and a complementary one-year Public Citizen membership. Only one winning paper will be chosen and awarded the prizes.