Student Writing Competition

The Society sponsors the CSCHS Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition in California Legal History to promote research and writing on the California Supreme Court and the state’s legal history. The articles are judged by a panel of American legal historians and lawyers.

2017 – Student Writing Competition Announcement

The winning entries from past competitions are listed below (as PDFs):


 

2016 – Announcement of Winning Entries

1st:   “A Model for Juvenile Parole Reform: California’s Youth Offender Parole Hearings Challenge the Modern Parole System and Apply the Fundamental Principles in Graham and Miller to the Release Decision-Making Process”
Courtney B. LaHaie

2nd:   “Equal Protection and California Public School Finance” John James Daller

3rd:  “Hinkley Groundwater Contamination — How Pacific Gas & Electric Avoided Negotiation:A Reassessment of the Changing Scope of Historical Mass Tort Cases” Cory Baker

 


 

2015 – Announcement of Winning Entries

1st:   “Laura’s Law: Concerns, Effectiveness, and Implementation”   Jorgio Castro

2nd:   “Inverse Condemnation: California’a Widening Loophole” David Ligtenberg

3rd:   “The Death Penalty Debate: Comparing the United States Supreme Court’s Interpretation of the Eighth Amendment to that of the California Supreme Court’s and a Prediction of the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Glossip v. Gross”  Kelsey Hollander

 


 

2014 – Announcement of Winning Entries

1st:   “The (F)law of Karma: In Light of Sedlock v. Baird”   Bradford Masters

2nd:   “California’s Anti-Revenge Porn Legislation”    Lauren Williams

3rd:   “Virtual Cloning”     Shannon Flynn Smith

 


 

2013 – Announcement of Winning Entries

1st:   “The Vine Vote: Why California Went Dry”    Jonathan Mayer

2nd:   “The Chinese Must Go”    Greg Seto

3rd:   “Is that a Laptop in your Pocket”    Jacob True

 


 

2012 – Announcement of Winning Entries

1st:   “All the Other Daisys”    Catherine Davidson

2nd:   “What’s Sunday All About?”    Jeremy Zeitlin

3rd:   “California Agricultural Labor Relations Act”    David Willhoite

 


 

2011 – Announcement of Winning Entries

1st:   “Devilishly Uncomfortable: CA Supreme Court …”    Mike Beitiks

2nd:   “The Taco Truck Rush”    Jaime Massar

3rd:   “Fed Gov’t Exceeds its Power to Regulate … ”    Pantea Rahbar

 


 

2010 – Announcement of Winning Entries

1st:   “The Case of the Black-Gloved Rapist”    Sara Mayeux

2nd:   “Jerry’s Judges and the Politics of the Death Penalty”    Joseph Makhluf

3rd:   “The Last of the Beaches”    Justin Dickerson

 


 

2007 – Announcement of Winning Entries

1st:   “Chief Justice Roger J. Traynor’s Tax Philosophy”    Mirit Eyal-Cohen

2nd:   “Mosk and Capital Punishment”    Amber A. Trumbull

3rd:   “The Rise and Fall of Rose Bird”    Patrick K. Brown