The 2015 Public Law Section Student Writing Competition

The Public Law Section 2015 Student Writing Competition
Eligibility
Selection Criteria
Nomination Process
About the Public Law Section

The Public Law Section 2015 Student Writing Competition

The California State Bar Public Law Section seeks entries for its annual Student Writing Competition.  The competition is open to students at all California-accredited law schools, and the winner receives a $2,000 cash prize; transportation and hotel expenses for two nights at the State Bar Annual Meeting in Anaheim in October, 2015, where the winner will be recognized at an awards reception; and publication in the Public Law Journal.

Deadline May 12, 2015

The Public Law Section seeks entries for its annual Student Writing Competition, which has a deadline of May 12, 2015. If you teach at a law school, mentor a student, or have student interns in your office, be sure to pass along information about this great opportunity. Students need not be Public Law Section members to enter the competition.

Eligibility

To be eligible, a nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a member of the State Bar of California with an exemplary record; and
  • Have at least five years of recent, continuous practice in public law in California

Selection Criteria

The following factors may be considered by the Executive Committee in its selection of the recipient of the Public Lawyer of the Year Award:
  • Demonstrated commitment of the nominee to the practice of public law
  • Use of innovative or creative problem-solving by the nominee in the practice of public law
  • Exceptional accomplishments by the nominee in the practice of public law
  • Provisions of legal services by the nominee to the public above and beyond what which is considered ordinary.

Nomination Process

To nominate and individual for this award, please submit the following:

  1. Nomination Form
  2. Nominator’s Statement of Nomination
  3. Nominee’s Resume or Biography (indicating the nominee’s principal areas of practice, the number of years of practice, professional achievements, and other features of his or her career, such as community involvement and bar association activities.)
  4. Letter(s) of Support (no more than five)

About the Public Law Section

The Public Law Section seeks to ensure that laws affecting the public sector are clear, effective and serve the public interest; to advance public service through public law practice; and to enhance the effectiveness of public law practitioners.  With more than 1,300 members, including law students, the Public Law Section focuses on addressing issues related to all areas of public law – including administrative law, constitutional law, municipal and county law, open meetings/open records laws, political/election law, education law, water law, state and federal legislation, public employment, government contracts, government tort liability, agency regulations, land use/environmental issues, public lawyer ethics, and public finance.

The Public Law Section provides educational programs, seminars and resource materials; presents the annual “Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year Award” to public law practitioners who have made significant contributions to the profession; sponsors the annual Student Writing Competition; and publishes the quarterly Public Law Journal.

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