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student writing competition

The Society sponsors a student writing competition to advance its mission by promoting research and writing on the California Supreme Court and the state's legal history.  The competition is open to law students and graduate students in history, political science, government, and related fields.  The articles are judged by a panel of American legal historians and lawyers.



The California Supreme Court Historical Society is pleased to announce the winners of its 2014 CSCHS Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition in California Legal History.

First place was won by Bradford Masters of UC Davis School of Law for "The (F)law of Karma: In Light of Sedlock v. Baird, Would Meditation Classes in Public Schools Survive a First Amendment Establishment Clause Challenge?" Second place was awarded to Lauren Williams of the University of San Diego School of Law for "California’s Anti-Revenge Porn Legislation: Good Intentions, Unconstitutional Result." The third place winner is Shannon Flynn Smith of Michigan State University College of Law for "Virtual Cloning: Transformation or Imitation? Reforming the Saderup Court’s Transformative Use Test for Rights of Publicity."

All three winning entries will be published in the 2014 volume of California Legal History, the Society’s annual scholarly journal. Cash prizes of $2500, $500 and $250 were awarded to first, second and third place winners.

The complete announcement of the competition results, including the text of the winning entries, will be posted in late fall 2014.


The winning entries from the competitions can be found below:















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