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William W. Greenhalgh Writing Competition

The ABA Criminal Justice Section is holding its fifth William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition. The contest, named in honor of the late Georgetown University law professor and Section member, who had an avid interest in the Fourth Amendment, offers a $2,000 cash prize to the winning entrant. The contest is open to all students in good standing who, at the date the entry is submitted, attend an ABA-accredited law school within the United States and its possessions and are members of the American Bar Association.


Topic: "School Violence and the Classroom: Balancing Constitutional Rights of Students and the Need for Safe Schools"

With increasing alarm over school violence, to what extent do the constitutional rights of students permissibly balance with the responsibility to ensure safe schools? While giving primary emphasis to Fourth Amendment concerns, contestants may also address other important constitutional safeguards such as, but not limited to, the applicability of Miranda to school officials and school liaison officers and the constitutional implications of "zero tolerance" statutes or policies. Participants should rely significantly on legal research with appropriate citations to authority.

Judging. Entries will be judged on originality and accuracy of substance, and conciseness and clarity of style.


First: The first-place winner receives a $2,000 cash prize, plus free round-trip airfare and accommodation to attend the Criminal Justice Section's Annual Meeting Luncheon in Chicago in August 2001, and a one-year free Section membership. In addition, the winning entry will be published in Criminal Justice magazine.
Second & Third: Second- and third-place winners, if any, may be announced in the magazine and their entries may be accepted for publication in the magazine.

All entrants: Receive one year's free membership in the Criminal Justice Section.

Conditions: Only original and previously unpublished papers are eligible. Papers prepared for law school credit are eligible provided they are the entrant's original work. Jointly authored papers are not acceptable. Participants are encouraged, but are not required to, have their work reviewed and critiqued by a faculty member or practicing lawyer although the submission must be the student's own work product. If a faculty member or lawyer furnishes such review, the individual's name must be disclosed on the entry. Participants may also consult with faculty members or lawyers on the selection of a topic. Section officers, staff, Criminal Justice magazine editorial board, and selection committee shall not participate in this process.

Format: Entries cannot exceed 3,100 words, including titles, text, and citations. Entrants must certify length. Submissions must be on standard, 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. In addition, the winning entries must be available in an electronic version. Entries should reflect a magazine style and avoid the outline or law review format. Citations should be included in the text rather than as footnotes or endnotes, and conform to the 16th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

Attach two separate title pages. On the first, provide title of paper and date submitted for academic credit (if applicable), author's name, social security number, law school, year of expected graduation, and permanent and temporary addresses and telephone numbers. The second title page should contain only the paper's title and author's social security number.

Deadline: Send six copies of each entry to MaryAnn Dadisman, Editor, Criminal Justice, American Bar Association, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611. Entries must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2000. Winners will be notified by February 28, 2001. To confirm receipt, e-mail query to Mary Ann Dadisman, Editor, Criminal Justice Magazine ( Questions? Call (202) 662-1500 or e-mail queries to Thomas Lester, Criminal Justice Attorney (


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