Campus Speech, Protest, and Conflict Resolution

Deadline: 02/15/2018

Competition Website


The law, graduate, and professional writing competition is open to all persons enrolled as of September 1, 2017, in a program of higher education leading to a post-baccalaureate degree (M.S., M.A. Ph.D., J.D., LL.M., LL.B, S.J.D. or the equivalent). Applicants may be affiliated with degree-providing institutions located in any country. Papers that have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible for the writing competition.


The first place paper will receive a $500 prize, second place a $300 prize, and third place a $200 prize. Honorable mentions may be designated. The author of the top paper is eligible to have his or her winning submission considered for publication in the Journal of Dispute Resolution. The three winning papers and the honorable mentions will be published in electronic proceedings that will be posted on the CSDR website.

Submission Requirements & Procedure

Submissions must be in English and between fifteen (15) and fifty (50) pages in length, including footnotes. The text of the paper must be typed and double-spaced on pages with 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins. Footnotes should preferably appear in Bluebook or ALWD citation form, although papers using other established systems of citation will be accepted. The title of the paper must appear on every page of the submission. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the submission itself.

Papers must be submitted electronically (i.e., by email) to:

Laura Coleman
University of Missouri School of Law

In your transmittal email, you are required to provide the following information (failure to provide this information may disqualify the submission from the competition):

  • The author’s full name, address, telephone number and email address
  • The degree-granting institution where the author is enrolled, the degree sought, and the year of anticipated graduation
  • The e-mail address of an adviser, registrar, or dean (or associate or assistant dean) who can authenticate your enrollment at the institution you designate
  • The title of the submission

Papers must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., Central time, on February 15, 2018.


Submissions will be judged pursuant to the following factors:

  • Reasoning and analysis
  • Thoroughness and depth
  • Originality of thought
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Contribution to the scholarship in the field
  • Evaluation of judicial decisions, statutes, and legal authorities
  • Technical excellence

Questions should be directed to:

Professor Robert Jerry
University of Missouri School of Law
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