PUBLISHED:January 26, 2010

Fifth Annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

The National Association of Women Lawyers has established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law. The rules for the competition are as follows:

Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law.

Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2009/2010 school year. The essays must be the law student author's own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project.

Essays must be typed on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper, double-spaced in 12-point font, Times New Roman font type. All margins must be at least one inch. Entries must not exceed fifteen pages of text, excluding notes, with footnotes placed as endnotes. Citation style should conform to the 18th edition of The Bluebook - A Uniform System of Citation.

Essays will be judged upon content, exhaustiveness of research, originality, writing style, and timeliness.

Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to the chair of the Writing Competition, Professor Jennifer Martin, at

Entries must be received by April 30, 2010. Entries must be submitted in two formats: (1) e-mail an electronic version (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) to; and (2) mail, with a postmark dated by April 30, 2010, four paper copies of the essay to:

Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
National Association of Women Lawyers
American Bar Center, MS 15.2
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654