American Constitution Society – Writing Competitions and a Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Junior Scholars Public Law Workshop at AALS 2020

ACS is pleased to announce a call for papers for a workshop on public law to be held on Friday, January 3, 2020, in connection with the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Tenure-track and tenured faculty, or faculty with similar status, who have been full-time law teachers for 10 years or less are eligible to submit. Each of the 10 chosen authors will have the opportunity to discuss his/her paper in depth with another junior scholar and two experienced scholars from the ACS network, which includes Erwin Chemerinsky, Pamela Karlan, Bill Marshall, Reva Siegel, Mark Tushnet, and Adam Winkler, among others.

Deadline to Apply: 11:59 p.m. on October 18, 2019

Learn more about the Junior Scholars Public Law Workshop.

Richard D. Cudahy National Writing Competition On Regulatory and Administrative Law

This annual national writing competition honors the late Judge Cudahy’s contributions to the field of administrative law. The competition is open to all lawyers and law students and awards a prize in each category of $1,500.

Deadline to Apply: February 2, 2020, 11:59 PM 

Learn about submission criteria and eligibility for the Cudahy writing competition. 

Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition On a Progressive Vision of the Constitution

This annual national student writing competition honoring Constance Baker Motley, a civil rights leader, elected official, and the first African American woman appointed to the federal bench.  The competition is open to all law students who are dues-paying ACS members and awards a $3,000 winning prize and two $1,000 runner-up prizes.

Deadline to Apply: February 9, 2020 

Learn about submission criteria and eligibility for the Constance Baker Motley writing competition.

St. John’s University School of Law’s Symposium Invitation

Thanks to Prof. Elaine Chiu, Co-Chair of AABANY’s Academic Committee and professor at St. John’s University School of Law, for sharing this announcement with us.

A Review of Professor Tanya Hernández’s Acclaimed Book:

Multiracials and Civil Rights: Mixed-Race Stories of Discrimination

On behalf of the St. John’s University School of Law’s Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development, along with the Ron Brown Center for Civil Rights, St. John’s enthusiastically invites you to be a part of their next symposium issue. They are proud to announce that their Journal will be working with Fordham Law Professor Tanya Hernández. Professor Hernández recently published her acclaimed book, Multiracial and Civil Rights: Mixed-Race Stories of Discrimination, and they want to continue the important scholarship, analysis, and dialogue that her book inspires.

The Journal is calling for any and all writers to provide a serious commentary to Professor Hernández’s inspirational book. Commentaries can be a short essay or a longer book review. Professor Hernández will review all commentary and provide a written collective response.

If you are interested, please provide a short abstract of your commentary.  All entries would be reviewed by the Journal’s editorial board. The editorial board will promptly notify authors who are accepted for publication in the Journal.

The editorial board is reviewing submissions on a rolling basis. If you are interested, please send the following information to [email protected].

·       Your name, title, and professional affiliation;

·       Your curriculum vitae/resume;

·       Your contact details including phone number and email address;

·       A one to two page abstract summarizing your essay or review and indicating what your expected page length will be.

Submission Deadlines:

Abstract Deadline: August 15, 2019

Selected Author Notification Date: September 15, 2019

Essay/Book Review Deadline: December 31, 2019

If you have any questions about this call for papers or the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development, please contact the Research and Symposium Director, Matthew Harnish, at [email protected].