2013 New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law Student Writing Competition


Any topic on Animal Law.


The submission must be written by a student currently enrolled (full-time or part-time) in an ABA accredited law school. Students expecting to receive their degrees in 2013 are eligible for consideration. The  submission must be written by one, and only one, student, i.e., papers jointly written by more than one student or that have been subjected to line editing by professors or advisors shall not be considered. No paper that has been previously published in any form shall be considered.


Papers must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2013.

Award Criteria:

Written submissions will be judged based on equality, clarity, originality and organization. All essays must also meet the following criteria:

Length: Type written, double spaced, no less than 12 point Times New Roman font, on 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch paper, with 1 inch margins, and no more than 25 pages, including footnotes. Footnotes should be single spaced, and no less than 10 point font.

Format: One hard copy of the written submission and one electronic copy in Microsoft Word format on a disk or CD must be submitted by mail, postmarked no later than July 1, 2013, and addressed to:

Kim Hojohn, Liaison
Committee on Animals and the Law
New York state Bar Association
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207

 Cover Page: Entrants must submit a cover page indicating the entrant’s name, law school, expected year of graduation, mailing and email address and telephone number. All other references to identifying information, such as name and contact information, should be deleted or redacted from the body of the submission.


1st Place:  $1,000 and a certificate of achievement

2nd Place: $500 and a certificate of achievement

The Committee also reserves the right to offer the winners (and other entrants), in the Committee’s discretion, the opportunity to publish his/her paper in the Committee’s Laws & Paws publication.