Third Annual Criminal Record Policy Essay Competition and Scholarship for law students, sponsored by The Foundation for Continuing Justice and the Law Firm of Higbee & Associates. More than $3,000 will be awarded to the 5 winners.
For our third annual law student writing competition, our goal is to continue to increase awareness of the impact of laws governing the retention and dissemination of criminal records by courts and state agencies, as well as the laws governing the public’s use of such records. In order for criminal record laws to improve, today's law students need to understand the impact that these laws have on former offenders and society as a whole. Since the law students of today will write the laws of tomorrow they will require a solid understanding of the issues that have the potential to cause social injustice.
Our third annual competition will be judged by a diverse panel of judges representing practitioners, academics and business professionals in the background check industry. Along with a first, second and third prize, there will be a prize for best research and best policy recommendations.
The purpose of the contest is to help students gain an understanding of the many facets of criminal records such as how they are currently handled, how they affect people's lives, and how the laws that affect them can be improved.
Please choose one of the following:
To be eligible the student must be:
The Foundation for Continuing Justice is a non-profit law firm that provides assistance to former offenders looking to fully reintegrate into society and related policy research to lawmakers. The contest is co-sponsored by the RecordGone.com, a division of the Law Firm of Higbee & Associates.
Please submit your essay via the online form below. Once we receive your submission, we will send you a confirmation email.
Please upload your essay in PDF format. The PDF should include your essay and have it named as "2020-firstname-lastname-scholarship-essay.pdf". Also include the name of the law school that you are enrolled in and your email address for that school which we can contact you from to confirm that you are a law student.
The winners grant RecordGone.com and the Foundation for Continuing Justice permission to post their winning essay on RecordGone.com and/or our social media accounts. The essay must be original content and we will be using software to check that it is not plagiarized.