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The Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest

Writing Competition

Deadline Date: Apr 30th, 2016
Posted Date: Sep 30th, 2010

The 2016 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition

Topic: Class Actions and Environmental Law

As 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?


Essays may focus on these or other related questions: 

  • How do evolving standards of “commonality” affect environmental class actions?


  • How might major environmental problems that we are facing be amenable to class treatment?


  • How would these actions be brought? What damage recoveries and other results may be sought?


    The 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.

Prizes: $5,000 AND Complimentary 2016 Public Citizen membership

Submission Deadline: Essays must be submitted by email no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2016, 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 sa