Competitions

The Dean Jonathan B. Chase Paper

The Chase Paper is awarded each year in memory of Dean Jonathan B. Chase. The award is given by the Vermont Law Review to a third year student whose submitted entry best represents the standards established by Dean Chase and continued by the Vermont Law Review. The competition is open to all members of the third year class, except for Vermont Law Review members.

Ideal entries should contain a scholarly analysis of a discrete legal issue. Independent research papers, papers submitted for writing-intensive courses, and papers used to satisfy Advanced Writing Requirements generally should fit this criteria. Consequently, submissions are not limited to work completed during the present semester. The submissions should be double-spaced, twelve-point font, one-inch margins, at least ten pages in length, and properly cited using the Bluebook (19th ed.). The judges will consider the following factors: originality, quality of research and analysis, Bluebook form, clarity of style, and timeliness of the subject.

The Ballenger-Green Memorial Diversity Paper

In an effort to remember Chandra Ballenger ’02 and Orlando Green ’01, and what they contributed to the law school community, the Vermont Law Review and the Deans office sponsor an annual competition in their names. Chandra and Orlando were exemplary VLS students who passed away abruptly during their law school careers.

Competitors must submit a paper of high quality that addresses some aspect of human diversity and the law, such as race, religion, sexual orientation, environmental justice, international human rights, education, and health/welfare, among other topics.

The paper may have been written for a class, advanced writing requirement, an independent research project, or for any other purpose. The paper must be at least ten pages, double-spaced in 12 point font with 1 inch margins, with correct footnote format conforming to the Bluebook (19th ed.). The paper may not be published or submitted for publication elsewhere. The paper cannot be a Law Review note or a Vermont Journal of Environment Law (formerly Res Communes) article, but Law Review and VJEL members may participate. All Vermont Law School students may enter.

Winners will receive a scholarship award and an opportunity to publish the winning paper in the Vermont Law Review. The opportunity to publish is contingent, however, on the quality of the paper. It must meet the Law Review‘s publishability standards: correct citation format, proper grammar and spelling, clear organization and legal analysis, clarity, active voice, support for assertions, and creative thought. If the winning paper is selected for publication, the author will be required to provide a research binder in support of the paper.

 


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