Student Writing Competition: Campus Speech, Protest, and Conflict Resolution

Student Writing Competition

Student writing competitions have been organized in conjunction with the 2017 Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution Symposium. The topic for the writing contest is “Campus Speech, Protest, and Conflict Resolution.” Thus, the contest is aligned with the 2017 CSDR Symposium topic, which is “The First Amendment on Campus: Identifying Principles for Best Practices for Managing and Resolving Disputes.” Submissions will discuss an issue (or issues) within the scope of the contest topic.

The Law, Graduate, and Professional Competition

Eligibility

The law, graduate, and professional writing competition is open to all persons enrolled as of September 1, 2017, in a program of higher education leading to a post-baccalaureate degree (M.S., M.A. Ph.D., J.D., LL.M., LL.B, S.J.D. or the equivalent). Applicants may be affiliated with degree-providing institutions located in any country. Papers that have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible for the writing competition.

Prizes

The first place paper will receive a $500 prize, second place a $300 prize, and third place a $200 prize. Honorable mentions may be designated. The author of the top paper is eligible to have his or her winning submission considered for publication in the Journal of Dispute Resolution. The three winning papers and the honorable mentions will be published in electronic proceedings that will be posted on the CSDR website.

Submission Requirements & Procedure

Submissions must be in English and between fifteen (15) and fifty (50) pages in length, including footnotes. The text of the paper must be typed and double-spaced on pages with 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins. Footnotes should preferably appear in Bluebook or ALWD citation form, although papers using other established systems of citation will be accepted. The title of the paper must appear on every page of the submission. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the submission itself.

Papers must be submitted electronically (i.e., by email) to:

Laura Coleman
University of Missouri School of Law
colemanl@missouri.edu

In your transmittal email, you are required to provide the following information (failure to provide this information may disqualify the submission from the competition):

  • The author’s full name, address, telephone number and email address
  • The degree-granting institution where the author is enrolled, the degree sought, and the year of anticipated graduation
  • The e-mail address of an adviser, registrar, or dean (or associate or assistant dean) who can authenticate your enrollment at the institution you designate
  • The title of the submission

Papers must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., Central time, on February 15, 2018.

Criteria

Submissions will be judged pursuant to the following factors:

  • Reasoning and analysis
  • Thoroughness and depth
  • Originality of thought
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Contribution to the scholarship in the field
  • Evaluation of judicial decisions, statutes, and legal authorities
  • Technical excellence

Questions should be directed to:

Professor Robert Jerry
University of Missouri School of Law
jerryr@missouri.edu

THE UNDERGRADUATE COMPETITION

Eligibility

The undergraduate competition is open to all persons enrolled as of September 1, 2017, in a program of higher education leading to an undergraduate degree (B.A., B.S., A.A., A.S.). Applicants may be affiliated with degree-providing institutions located in any country. Papers that have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible for the writing competition.

Prizes

The first place paper will receive a $1,000 prize, second place a $750 prize, and third place a $500 prize. Honorable mentions may be designated, and at least three will receive $100 prizes.  The three winning papers and the honorable mentions will be published in electronic proceedings that will be posted on the CSDR website.

In addition, two “Mizzou Awards” will be presented to the best papers submitted by a current University of Missouri (Columbia Campus) undergraduate student that is not among the top three papers in the competition. The first Mizzou Award will carry a $500 prize, and the second will carry a $250 prize.

Undergraduate: Submissions must be in English and between ten (10) and thirty (30) pages in length, including footnotes. The text of the paper must be typed and double-spaced with 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins. Footnotes should appear in an established system of citation. The title of the paper must appear on every page of the submission. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the submission itself.

Submission Guidelines

  • Fill out the Student Information Sheet and the Unlimited Personal Release Agreement, scan them, and include as attachments with your submission.
  • Papers must be submitted electronically via email to mucwpawards@missouri.edu

Scoring Criteria

Submissions will be judged pursuant to the following factors:

  • Reasoning and analysis
  • Thoroughness and depth
  • Originality of thought
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Technical excellence

Papers must be received no later than 11:59p.m., Central time, on January 15, 2018.