The Institute for Technology Law & Policy and the Georgetown Law Technology Review are soliciting submissions for the 2020-2021 Georgetown Law Technology Review Student Writing Competition.
Students are invited to submit papers addressing a legal or public policy question relating to emerging and sustained challenges to legal and political structures created by online platforms, digital services, and other emerging technologies.
Example topics include: questions relating to the adequacy of federal and state agency regulatory and adjudication structures to address current and emerging technologies; the scope of current agency jurisdiction over digital technologies and practices; whether current legal structures effectively protect consumers and vulnerable populations. Students are invited to submit papers that examine proposed or newly-enacted laws related to these questions, or to propose novel legal structures to engage with current gaps.
Preference will be given to papers that are relevant to current legal and public policy debates around technology or present an original perspective.
The Institute for Technology Law & Policy is pleased to announce the winners of the nation-wide Georgetown Law Technology Review Student Technology Writing Competition.
The competition, conducted with generous support from BSA | The Software Alliance, challenged students to explore the emerging and sustained challenges to legal and political structures created by online platforms, digital services, and other emerging technologies.
A panel of judges—comprising representatives from academia, civil society, and industry—selected the three winners in a fully-blind judging process from the more than forty submissions to the competition.
The winners are:
1st Place: Matthew Leiwant, Georgetown University. Locked Out: How Algorithmic Tenant Screening Exacerbates the Eviction Crisis in the United States
2nd Place: Dana Holmstrand, Georgetown University. A Haunted (Smart) House: Smart Home Devices as Tools of Harassment and Abuse
3rd Place: Rachel Anderson, University of Virginia. Geo-Targeting Jurisdiction: Online Ads and the Economics of Specific Jurisdiction
Each winning paper is awarded a cash prize: $4,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place. In addition to cash prizes, each of the selected papers will be eligible to be published as student notes in the Georgetown Law Technology Review.
Congratulations to our winning authors, and thank you to everyone who submitted excellent papers for this competition!
Thank you, also, to our judges for the 2021 Writing Competition:
- April Doss, Executive Director, Institute for Technology Law & Policy
- Kate Goodloe, Senior Director, Policy, BSA | The Software Alliance
- Panya Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, Georgetown Law Technology Review
- Paul Alan Levy, Attorney, Public Citizen Litigation Group
- Terrell McSweeny, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
- Professor Erin Carroll, Georgetown Law
- Professor Julie Cohen, Georgetown Law
- Professor Paul Ohm, Georgetown Law
Up to three winners will be selected, with a First Prize of $4,000, a Second Prize of $2,000, and a Third Prize of $1,000.
Winning papers may be selected for publication in The Georgetown Law Technology Review.
Papers will be accepted from students enrolled at any ABA-accredited law school in the United States during the 2020-2021 academic year. The paper must be the author’s own work, although students may incorporate feedback received as part of an academic course or supervised writing project.
The paper must not have been published or committed for publication in another journal; The Georgetown Law Technology Review must have the first right of publication for any winning essay.
Papers will be evaluated based on thoroughness of research and analysis, relevance to the competition topic, relevance to current legal and/ or public policy debates, originality of thought, and clarity of expression.
Papers must be 4,000-7,500 words (not including footnotes) and be submitted in Times New Roman Size 12 font, double spaced. Footnotes must conform to the 20th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Papers must be in English.
The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. EST on May 31, 2021.
Papers must be submitted via email to TechInstitute@law.georgetown.edu with the email subject line “Writing Competition”.
The file must be submitted in Word format, with the file named in the format “LastName_FirstName_WritingCompetition”.
Papers must be preceded by a cover page (included in the same Word file) containing the following information:
- Full Name of Author
- Name of ABA-accredited Law School
- Graduation Year
- Email Address
- Phone Number
- Word Count
- The following affirmation: “I affirm that this paper is an original work of scholarship authored by me. The paper (or any variation thereof authored by me) has not been published, or committed for publication, in any other publication. If this paper is selected as a winner, I grant The Georgetown Law Technology Review the right of first publication of the paper. I have read and agree to the Competition Rules set forth at www.georgetowntech.org/writingcompetition.”
Entrant’s name and law school shall only appear on the cover page. Papers shall contain no identifying information.
NOTIFICATION OF WINNER
The winner will be notified by phone or email on or before August 31, 2021.
The judges’ decisions are final.
Winners will be required to submit a completed W-9, affidavit of eligibility, tax acknowledgment and liability release for tax purposes as a condition to receiving the cash prize. All forms must be completed and returned via email within 14 days of receipt, or prizes will be considered forfeited and another winner may be named.
The authors of papers that are selected for publication will be required to sign an agreement warranting the entry’s originality and granting the GLTR first publication rights.
If a potential winner does not respond within 14 days of the first attempt to contact him or her, or if the contact is returned as non-deliverable, the potential winner forfeits all rights to be named as a winner or receive a prize, and an alternate winner may be chosen.
Entrants may submit multiple entries per year. Jointly authored papers are eligible, provided all authors meet the eligibility requirements for the competition. If a winning paper has more than one author, the prize will be split equally among the co-authors.
Winners will be solely responsible for all federal, state, local or other taxes, if any such taxes apply. Cash prizes will only be paid in US Dollars by way of check or bank transfer. Any fees that may be charged from time to time by the relevant bank will be deducted from the prize money.
Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy, the Georgetown Technology Law Review and BSA | The Software Alliance (together “the Organizers”) are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry information, late, lost or misdirected entries, or for computer errors or technical failures, including by reason of any bug, computer virus or other failure.
In the unlikely event that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit an award, the Organizers reserve the right not to award any prizes.
The Writing Competition is governed by U.S. law and all relevant federal, state and local rules and regulations apply. By entering, all entrants agree that the competition shall be governed by the laws of the District of Columbia and that the courts of the District of Columbia shall have exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute or litigation relating to or arising from the competition. Void where prohibited by law.
By participating, each entrant agrees to the rules of the Writing Competition and the decisions of the Organizers and releases, discharges and holds harmless the Organizers and each of their respective officers, directors, members, employees, independent contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with the Writing Competition, including without limitation legal claims, costs, injuries, loss or damages, demands or actions of any kind.
This Writing Competition may be cancelled, modified or terminated for any reason.