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 The paper may not be published or submitted for publication elsewhere.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.

Generally, submissions are due in January; more information will be available at a later time. All entries should be submitted to the Vermont Law Review campus mailbox anonymously. Please use only your student identification number as identification, and indicate that the entry is for the Ballenger-Green Memorial Diversity Paper. A committee of second and third year Law Review members will judge the entries.

Past Winners

2005
May God Bless and Keep the Tsar Far Away from Us:
Religious Minorities and Regional Competences in the
Italian and Interim Iraqi Constitutions
Elizabeth Whol
29 Vt. L. Rev.

2004
Modern Day Servitude: A Look at the H-2A
Program’s Purposes, Regulations, and Realities
Lisa Guerra
28 Vt. L. Rev.

2003
You’re so gay!: Anti-gay Harassment in Vermont Public Schools
Daniel Greene
27 Vt. L. Rev.

2002
Achieving Environmental Justice Through Title VI: Is it a Dead End?
Seth Schofield
26 Vt. L. Rev. 905 (2002)

2001
Scott W. Hulbert
25 Vt. L. Rev.