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Hogan/Smoger Access To Justice Essay Contest
For 40 years, this competition was known as the "Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest." It was established in 1970 by the late Roscoe B. Hogan of Birmingham, Alabama, a prominent environemtnal lawyer. The competition provided law students the opportunity to investigate and offer solutions to the many injustices inflicted on the environment.
With additional support from attorney Gerson Smoger -- a past president of Public Justice and current board member -- the contest was renamed, and, beginning with the 2011 competition, expanded to consider not only environmental but all forms of injustice.
For the 2013 contest, writers addressed the question, "Is Democracy for Sale?"
- Have Citizens United holdings run amok?
- Legal challenges left to Super Pacs?
- Can funding disclosure be required?
The winner of the $5000 prize and free 2013 Public Justice membership is Andrew Arons (pictured). His essay is entitled: "Citizens United v. FEC: The Straightjacket on Campaign Finance Reform." You can read it at the link below.
Andrew grew up in Santa Clarita, California, graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a B.S. in Business Administration, and received his J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in May 2013. Upon admission to the bar, Andrew will work for a law firm in downtown L.A. His outside interests include chess, fitness and international travel.
Congratulations, Andrew, and thanks to all who submitted essays this year!