Armed Forces Law

Awards

Keithe E. Nelson Distinguished Service Award (Writing)

This award recognizes authors of exceptional, published, literary efforts which advance and serve interests and understanding of military law or enhance status of lawyers in the Armed Forces.

Award Criteria:
SCAFL 2020 Keithe E. Nelson Distinguished Service Award (Writing) Criteria 

2020 Keithe E. Nelson Distinguished Service Award (Writing) Recipient:

  • Major Adam Kama (Army)

The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson, by Major Adam Kama (page 68)

Outstanding Military Service Career Judge Advocate Award

This award recognizes excellence in service to the legal profession in the Armed Forces over the nominee’s legal career, as well as service to their community.

Award Criteria:
SCAFL 2020 Outstanding Military Service Career Judge Advocate Award Criteria

2020 Outstanding Military Service Career Judge Advocate Award Recipients:

  • Colonel George Smawley (Army)
  • Captain Robert Passerello (Navy)
  • Colonel Steven Dubriske (Air Force)
  • Colonel Daren Erickson (Marine Corps)
  • Commander Bryan Blackmore (Coast Guard)


Law Student Writing Contest of the Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law

The Law Student Writing Contest of the Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law (SCAFL) is a competitive writing contest with the goal of recognizing law students who have exceptional written work that focuses on the military’s application of criminal law—also known as military justice.

VIEW THE OFFICIAL RULES

Deadline:  NOVEMBER 16, 2020

Please view the Official Rules for details about the submission requirements, entry procedure, and selection process.

Eligibility:

The Writing Contest is open to law students who are, at the time of entry, (a) enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and seeking a J.D. degree, (b) members of the ABA, (c) at least 21 years old, and (d) legal residents of the United States.

Prize:

The Writing Contest winner will be eligible to receive up to $750 in reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the ABA Midyear Meeting. The winner will also be announced, and an electronic copy of the written work will be posted on the SCAFL public website. View the Official Rules for additional information.

Please contact Mary Meixner, the ABA SCAFL Counsel, with any questions about the contest.