Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Mary Marshall at Columbia Law School Wins the Scribes 2020 Law-Review Award; Writers from Nine Other Law Schools Receive Honorable Mentions

Since 1987, Scribes — The American Society of Legal Writers — has presented an annual award for the best student-written article in a law review or journal. Articles submitted by January 15 of each year are first sent to a screening committee to narrow the field of articles. An award committee then selects the winning article.

Members of the screening committee and the award committee members judge each article on four criteria:

  • Quality of writing: The writing should be clean, direct, and engaging. /50 percent
  • Topic: The topic should be timely and interesting. /20 percent
  • Research: The research should be thorough, showing a passion for the topic, not just superficial research. /20 percent
  • Footnotes: The article should have few to no talking footnotes. /10 percent

Mary Marshall of Columbia Law School has been selected the winner of the 2020 Scribes Law-Review Award. She won for her article, Miller v. Alabama and the Problem of Prediction, 119 Columbia Law Review 1633 (2019).

Student authors from nine other law schools received an “Honorable Mention” from Scribes. These articles were the finalists selected by the team of law professors and other screeners who reviewed all of the articles submitted. In alphabetical order by law school, these “Honorable Mention” articles are:

  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law: Walter G. Johnson, Governance Tools for the Second Quantum Revolution, 59 Jurimetrics 487 (2019).
  • Boston University School of Law: Brad Baranowski, The Representative First Amendment: Public-Sector Representation After Janus v. AFSCME, 99 Boston University Law Review 2249 (2019).
  • Brooklyn Law School: Alexander Hull, Shoring Up the HEAR Act: Proposed Amendments to Federal Legislation Designed to Assist Heirs and Claimants of Nazi-Looted Art, 28 Journal of Law & Policy 238 (2019).
  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law: Annie Sloan, What to Do About Batson?: Using a Court Rule to Address Implicit Bias in Jury Selection, 108 California Law Review 233 (2019).
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law: Katherine Dobscha, Considering a Juvenile Exception to the Felony Murder Rule, 70 Case Western Reserve Law Review 141 (2019).
  • Florida International University College of Law: Katryna Santa Cruz, The Distraction that Is Stand Your Ground, 14 Florida International University Law Review 149 (2020).
  • University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law: Britton Fraser, You Can't Escape Your Past: State v. Blaz and The Future of 404(b) Evidence in Montana, 80 Montana Law Review 321 (2019).
  • Texas Tech University School of Law: Hailey M. Hanners, Who Wants the Ward? The State’s Role in Adult Guardianship Proceedings, 11 Texas Tech Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal 359 (2019).
  • University of Wisconsin Law School: Benjamin Jordan, The WTO Versus the Donald: Why the WTO Must Adopt a Review Standard for Article XXI(b) of the GATT, 17 Wisconsin International Law Journal 173 (2019).

Members of the Law-Review-Award Committee are:

  • Brooke Bowman, Chair
  • Mary Bowman
  • Steven Feldman
  • Richard Leiter
  • Mark E. Wojcik

Members of the Screening Committee are:

  • Annie Chan, St. Thomas University School of Law
  • Raul Fernández-Calienes, Broward College
  • Emily Grant, Washburn University School of Law
  • Amanda Harmon Cooley, South Texas Colllege of Law
  • Joanne Hodge, UIC John Marshall Law School
  • Patrick Long, University of Buffalo School of Law
  • Denise Malloy, University of Rochester Law School
  • Karin Mika, Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Mimi Samuel, Seattle University School of Law



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