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The Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest

Writing Competition

Deadline Date: Apr 30th, 2015
Posted Date: Sep 30th, 2010

The 2015 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition

Topic: The Impact of ‘Corporate Personhood’ on American Life: Should Corporations Be Afforded Bill of Rights and Other Constitutional Protections?

Although they are not mentioned in the Constitution, corporations have claimed constitutional protections at least since the 1886 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Commission. Corporations’ claims to constitutional rights have expanded dramatically in the past four decades, most famously as a result of the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

Administered by Public Citizen, the Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice essay competition is soliciting essay submissions on the topic: “The Impact of ‘Corporate Personhood’ on American Life: Should Corporations Be Afforded Bill of Rights and Other Constitutional Protections?”

Prizes: $5,000 AND Complimentary 2015 Public Citizen membership

Submission Deadline: Essays must be submitted by email no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2015, to Amanda Fleming at afleming@citizen.org.

Essays may focus on these or other related questions:
·         Should government-mandated disclosures be limited by corporate First Amendment rights?
·         Should corporations have a First Amendment right to advertise and market, and what restrictions on ads should be constitutionally permitted?
·         Should corporations have political speech rights equivalent to those of real people, as Citizens United held?
·         What should be the scope of corporations’ 4th Amendment protections?
·         Should substantive due process rights be afforded to corporations?
·         In what ways, if any, should application of the attorney-client privilege differ for corporate clients, as opposed to human clients?
·         If corporations have the same rights as individuals, should they also have the same liabilities, including criminal liabilities?

Submission Deadline: Public Citizen is accepting submissions for the 2015 competition. Submissions must be emailed on or before Friday, April 30, 2015, at 11:59 p.m., to Amanda Fleming, afleming@citizen.org. Papers emailed after this date will not be considered.

Eligibility: The competition is open to all current law students. Coauthored submissions are eligible; if selected, the coauthors will share the prize. Each submission must be an original, unpublished academic work. If a submission has been accepted for publication, the student should include written consent from the journal to the posting of the paper on Public Citizen’s website, with appropriate attribution.

Format: Submissions must be emailed in MS Word format. They may be full-length law review articles or shorter academic essays, use footnotes (not endnotes), and between 6,000 and 25,000 words, not including footnotes.

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