John B. Doolin was appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1972, and he served as
Chief Justice from 1987-1988. He loved to read and write, collect Indian art, and buy
Navajo rugs. He recognized the need for a forum to address Native American issues as a
result of his service on the Indian Affairs Committee at the National Chief Justices’
Conference. He authorized the formation of the Sovereignty Symposium in 1988.
The Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. are sponsoring
a writing competition open to all students enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States, its territories or Canada.
In conjunction with Sovereignty Symposium XXXI, which will be held June 6-7, 2018 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a scholarly collection of legal and
historical writings will be presented to all participants. Legal libraries all over the United
States regularly solicit copies of the publications for their collections. The subject matter of
the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous
peoples. First, second, and third prizes in the amounts of $750.00; $500.00;
and $250.00 will be awarded. The winning entry will also be published in the 2018
Symposium compendium of materials. Second and third place entries will be published if
The entries in the writing competition must be not less than thirty (30) single-spaced pages nor more than fifty (50) single-spaced pages in length. The paper used shall be 8-1/2” x 11” in size. The title of the paper, the name of the author and a current mailing address andtelephone number must be placed on a cover page. Only the title of the paper shouldappear at the top of the first page of the text. The author’s name should appear on the cover page only. Papers must be submitted in Word or Word Perfect format. E-mail
the formatted version to email@example.com. Use a 12-point font in Times New Roman
format. Again, the document should be single spaced. The left and right margins must
be 2”; the top and bottom margins must be 1.5”.
Papers are evaluated for: Timelines of Subject; Originality; Legal Analysis; Use of
Authority; Creativity of Arguments; Strength and Logic of Conclusions; Grammar;
Punctuation and Writing Style.
Entries must be received no later than May 1, 2018. Publication releases will be required
prior to payment of prize money. Email entries to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org