Hogan/Smoger Access To Justice Essay Contest

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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 environmental 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. The author of the winning essay will win $5,000 and a one-year membership to Public Justice. 

Read last year's (2013) winning essay here.

For the 2014 competition, writers are asked to address the following question: Are Recent Supreme Court Preemption Decisions Consistent with the Seventh Amendment?

All entrants must fill out and submit the "intent-to-enter" form by February 28, 2014. Essays must be received by the Public Justice Foundation for national judging no later than March 31, 2014. Please read the complete rules and criteria below.