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