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The Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest

Writing Competition

Deadline Date: Feb 28th, 2014
Posted Date: Sep 30th, 2010


THE HOGAN/SMOGER ACCESS TO JUSTICE ESSAY CONTEST offers law students an opportunity to receive reward and recognition for expounding on whether and how the courts can be used to obtain justice.

For 40 years, the competition was known as the Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest, providing law students an opportunity to investigate and offer solutions to the multitude of injustices inflicted on the environment.   The contest was established in 1970 by the late Roscoe B. Hogan of Birmingham, Alabama, a prominent environmental lawyer.  With additional support from noted attorney Gerson Smoger, the contest was renamed and expanded beginning with the 2011 competition. The author of the winning essay will win $5,000 and a one-year membership to Public Justice.  

Any student currently enrolled in an accredited American law school may submit a legal essay for the competition.

For the 2014 competition, writers are asked to address the following question: Are Recent Supreme Court Preemption Decisions Consistent with the Seventh Amendment?


All entrants must fill out and submit the "intent-to-enter" form by February 28, 2014. Essays must be received by the Public Justice Foundation for national judging no later than March 31, 2014. Please read the complete rules and criteria below.

The author of the winning essay will receive a $5,000 cash prize; recognition  in the Public Justice newsletter and on the website; and a free Public Justice Foundation membership for the Contest Year.  


 For more information, contact Cassandra Goings at (202) 797-8600, Ext. 244 or cgoings@publicjustice.net .