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Law Student Writing Competition

Each year, PMC challenges law students to examine an issue impacting Pennsylvania's judiciary and write an essay supporting their arguments and/or proposed solutions.

2024 Competition

Sponsored by Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Topic: According to recent polling, The U.S. Supreme Court is facing unprecedented skepticism.  Public approval of and trust in The Supreme Court has reached historic lows.  What can be done to restore trust in the Court and confidence that its decisions are apolitical.  How will its recently announced ethics code affect the situation?

Award: $3,000

Eligible Participants: 2L and 3L students at any Pennsylvania Law School, as well as Rutgers Camden & Newark

Format: 2,000 to 2,300 word argumentative essay

Judges: Members of PMC's Board of Advisors

Deadline: March 22, 2024

Submissions and Questions: writingcontest@pmconline.org.


Past Winners

2023 - Anthony Jessel, University of Pittsburgh School of Law '23

2022 - Constance Hope Long, Rutgers Law School '22

2021 - Apratim Vidyarthi, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School '22

2020 - Jessica Rizzo, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School '21

2019 - Zane Podsobinski, Duquesne University School of Law '19

2017 - Christina Gallagher, Penn State Law '17