The 2016 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition
by Public Citizen, the Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition is
Actions and Environmental Law
courts and legislators have made it more difficult to bring effective class
actions, can class actions continue to advance environmental objectives and
hold polluters accountable?
- Complimentary 2016 Public Citizen membership
Essays may focus on these or other related questions:
do evolving standards of “commonality” affect environmental class actions?
might major environmental problems that we are facing be amenable to class
would these actions be brought? What damage recoveries and other results may be
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.
Click here for further details about the competition.
Submission Deadline: Submissions must be emailed on
or before Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, to Amanda Fleming at email@example.com. 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Each submission must be an original, unpublished academic work, but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
Content: Essay submissions are
sought on the topic “Class Actions and Environmental Law.”
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
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.