Thursday, August 12, 2021
From Frank LoMonte, Professor and Director, The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
The UF Brechner Center publishes The Journal of Civic Information, a peer-reviewed open-access quarterly journal, to showcase works of "practical scholarship" addressing timely topics that bear on the accessibility of information.
To encourage law students to do more research and writing about freedom-of-information topics, we have just launched what we envision as a yearly paper competition, with cash awards for the top three papers as selected by an editorial board of scholars.
Completed papers are due by March 25, and details about how to enter are available at this link. (To answer one anticipated question, we are -- at least for this first try -- limiting eligibility to law students rather than all graduate students, because we have not had a shortage of submissions from doctoral students. Also, doctoral students are eligible for a separate annual paper competition run by the National Freedom of Information Coalition, and several have submitted and won cash prizes there.)
Here is a sharable link to the rules and logistics:
We appreciate your sharing this opportunity with your law students, and thanks.