Common Cause First Amendment Gerrymander Standard Writing Competition

The competition invites legal and social science practitioners, scholars, and students to submit papers that will identify partisan gerrymanders and distinguish them from districts drawn using neutral redistricting principles while developing legal theories or arguments that could be used by courts to declare partisan gerrymanders unconstitutional. This year, we are asking authors to focus specifically on the First Amendment issue in Shapiro and Whitford to demonstrate why the drawing of Maryland’s congressional districts or Wisconsin’s Assembly districts is a partisan gerrymander that should be condemned under the First Amendment. Winning papers are selected by a distinguished panel of democracy scholars.

Winning authors will receive:
  • Prize Money: 1st place: $5,000, 2nd place: $3,000, 3rd place: $2,000
  • Publication in Election Law Journal
  • Payment of travel expenses to present papers at a national redistricting reform symposium. 
Deadline: May 1, 2016.

If you have any questions, contact Dan Vicuna at (213) 623-1216 or contest@commoncause.org.

See submission requirements and further details in the link provided below.

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