Policing, Protesting, and Perceptions: A Critical Examination of the Events in Ferguson

Missouri Law Review Symposium

February 26-27, 2015
Hulston Hall

Writing Competition

Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution

National Writing Competition

In Conjunction with the Missouri Law Review Symposium “Policing, Protesting, and Perceptions: A Critical Examination of the Events in Ferguson”

Sponsored by the University of Missouri Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative and private funding through the Missouri Law Foundation.

Student Writing Competition Award Winners Announced At Missouri Law Review Symposium

The law school’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution announced the winners of a student writing competition during the Missouri Law Review Symposium on February 27.

First place in the writing competition was awarded to Laura Thomas Merkey from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law for her submission, “Building Trust and Breaking Down the Wall: The Use of Restorative Justice to Repair Police-Community Relationships.” Merkey’s paper will be published in an upcoming issue of the Missouri Law Review.

Second place in the competition was awarded to Arrin Kendall Richards from Vanderbilt University School of Law for his submission, “Using ARIA-C3 to Improve Police-Community Communications,” and third place was awarded to Nicole Duncan of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles for her submission, “The Crimes of Colorblindness.”

The writing competition was organized by the center and funded by the University of Missouri Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative with additional private contributions from the University of Missouri Law School Foundation.

View press release for the student writing competition.

Student Writing Competition

A student writing competition is being organized by the University of Missouri Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution in conjunction with the Missouri Law Review annual symposium, entitled “Policing, Protesting, and Perceptions: A Critical Examination of the Events in Ferguson.”  The symposium, which will feature speakers and works-in-progress participants from around the country, addresses recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, as well as similar developments from around the nation.

The writing competition features a $700 prize for the competition winner, a $100 prize for the second place winner and an honorable mention for the third place winner.  Prizes are sponsored by the University of Missouri Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative and private funding through the Missouri Law Foundation.

Topic

Submissions must bear some relationship to the upcoming Missouri Law School symposium entitled “Policing, Protesting, and Perceptions: A Critical Examination of the Events in Ferguson.”  Papers can consider the events in Ferguson and elsewhere in the nation from the perspective of civil rights, police-community relationships, police perceptions of individuals, protests and/or civil disobedience. Essays can be historical (for example, submissions could consider the history of the legal response to social unrest in this country, dating back to the 1968 Kerner Commission report to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in the wake of the Watts Riots), process-oriented (for example, authors could analyze the evolution and legitimacy of hearings in front of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights) or psycho-social in nature (for example, papers could discuss the value of having a forum in which to speak and be heard).

All submissions must incorporate either a conflict resolution (sometimes called “peace studies”) or dispute resolution perspective so as to provide some guidance on how to address the outstanding problems and tensions in a useful manner. For example, authors might consider whether and to what extent communities might wish to adopt certain procedures that are often seen in dispute resolution (such as mediation or conciliation) in order to facilitate discussions with local police forces. Alternatively, authors can take look at the genesis of the problem using a conflict studies/peace studies approach.

Eligibility

The writing competition is open to all persons enrolled on February 1, 2015, in an ABA-accredited law school to pursue a degree in law (including the J.D., LL.B., LL.M. or S.J.D.).  Applicants may be of any nationality.  Papers that have been accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible for the writing competition.

Submission Requirements

Submissions must be in English and should be between 2,500 and 3,500 words in length.  The style of the paper will be that of a long “op-ed” (opinion editorial) piece. However, the strongest submissions will include references to legal authorities as necessary. Any citations should appear in the body of the submission and will be included in the total word count.

The text of the paper must be typed with double spaced pages in 12 point Times New Roman font (or similarly legible typeface) and 1-inch margins.  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.

A separate document should be provided including (1) the author’s full name, address, telephone number and email address; (2) the degree-granting institution where the author is enrolled, as well as the degree sought and the anticipated year of graduation; (3) the title of the submission; and (4) the date of the submission.

Papers must be electronically submitted to:
Laura Coleman
Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution
University of Missouri School of Law
colemanl@missouri.edu

Papers must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., Central time, on February 13, 2015.

Late papers and papers that do not comply with the submission requirements will not be considered by the selection committee.

Criteria

Submissions will be judged anonymously by the selection committee.  The following factors will be considered:

  • Legal analysis
  • Thoroughness and depth in addressing the topic, particularly with respect to dispute resolution and/or conflict resolution issues
  • Awareness of significant literature and authorities in this field
  • Contribution to the current debate on this topic

Questions should be directed to:

Professor S.I. Strong
University of Missouri School of Law
Email:  strongsi@missouri.edu

 University of Missouri and the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution

The University of Missouri’s award-winning program in dispute resolution consistently ranks as one of the best in the nation.  The University of Missouri School of Law is the only U.S.-based institution that has received Recognised Course Provider status from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) for JD courses offered during the academic year.

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University of Missouri Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative

The goal of the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative (CDI) is to expand opportunities for faculty, students and staff to engage and thrive in an increasingly diverse environment.  CDI staff members work with administrators at all levels of the campus to focus on institutional change and develop new programs and strategic planning efforts that foster a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Through workshops, seminars and facilitated dialogues, the CDI increases understanding of diverse communities. CDI also helps fund and promote various Mizzou Diversity programs and works to create an inclusive, creative and innovative research and learning environment that facilitates the competent functioning of students and employees in a diverse and competitive global society.

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