William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

This Competition is sponsored by Criminal Justice (“Section”) of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 (the “Sponsor”). The goal of the Competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to attract students to the Criminal Justice practice field, and to encourage scholarship in this field. Each entrant must follow the rules of the competition detailed herein.Clear, persuasive and original analytical reasoning that is well-supported with concrete examples and references are essential and will weigh heavily in the determination of the contest winner.


The contest is open to students who, on the date the entry is submitted, attend and are in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school within the United States and its possessions. Membership in the Criminal Justice Section is not a requirement. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and legal permanent residents or citizens of the United States. Employees, officers, directors of the ABA and members of their immediate families are not eligible.

2019 Competition Topic
The Use of Drones by Law Enforcement—How should drones enhance public safety, how should drones be regulated, and what role does the Fourth Amendment play? For example, drones could assist police with pursuits of armed individuals or help find missing people. On the other hand, drones can peer into people’s windows in the upper floors of a high rise. Drones can carry many different devices – high resolution cameras, sensitive microphones, weapons, GPS trackers. Is this comparable to or different from these devices being in a police car? 
A winning entry will contain an original discussion of the selected topic, will be substantively accurate and supported by citations, and will be grammatically correct, concise, well-reasoned, and clearly written. Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: (1) writing quality; (2) analysis and legal reasoning; (3) originality; (4) quality and use of research; and (5) compliance with these Rules. The Section reserves the right not to award a prize if, in the judgment of the Criminal Justice magazine editorial board’s judging panel, no entry meets these conditions. The decision of the editorial board is final.NOTIFICATION OF WINNER

The winner will be notified by August 31, 2019, 11:59 pm CST. If a potential winner does not respond within thirty days after ABA’s first attempt to contact him or her, or if the contact is returned as non-deliverable, the potential winner forfeits all rights to be named as winner or receive a prize, and an alternate winner may be chosen.


The winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize that may be presented at an agreed-upon CJS event with approved transportation costs not to exceed $800 to be covered by the Section.

ALL ENTRANTS: Receive one year’s free full membership in the Criminal Justice Section.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINESCONDITIONSOnly original and 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 eligible. Participants are encouraged, but 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. Section officers, section staff, Criminal Justice magazine editorial board members, and selection committee members shall not participate in the review/critique process. A student may submit only one entry per contest year.

FORMAT: Entries cannot exceed 4,200 words, including titles, text, and citations. Entries must be submitted in Word as an e-mail attachment. Entries should reflect the style and format of Criminal Justice magazine, including citations that are embedded in text. Entries with footnotes or endnotes will not be accepted. Citations must conform to the 20th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.


ALL ENTRIES: Two title pages are required. The first title page must include: (1) title of paper (2) author’s name (and the name of reviewing faculty member/practicing lawyer, if applicable) (3) telephone number(s), mailing address(es), and e-mail address(es) where author can be reachedJune– August 2019 (4) name of law school (5) year of expected graduation (6) date submitted for academic credit (if applicable) (7) entrant’s personal certification of good standing at the law school. The second title page should include only: (1) title of paper (2) last four (4) digits of the author’s phone number


All entries must be received by the editor no later than July 1, 2019, 11:59 pm CST. Faxed entries will not be accepted. The sponsors are not responsible for late, lost, or misdirected entries, or for computer errors or technical failures. SEND ENTRIES to Erin Remotigue, Editor, Criminal Justice Magazine, American Bar Association, via electronic submission by e-mail.

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