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Legislation Competition

About the Competition

After several years’ hiatus, Legis is proud to announce that it is reviving the annual N.Y.U. Legislation Competition. First held in 2014, the Competition seeks to engage the creativity and intelligence of N.Y.U. graduate student body & alumni in solving pressing policy and regulatory problems. The competition is open to all students at N.Y.U. School of Law (including first-year students) as well as students at other N.Y.U. graduate schools (e.g. Wagner, Silver, etc.) and alumni of the same. The competition is particularly focused on the art of policy advocacy through academic research and legislative drafting.

All participants in the Competition will receive a written prompt asking them to critique a piece of legislation currently before Congress. Competitors are encouraged to propose amendments, introduce new sections, argue for alternatives to the bill, or substantively
analyze why it should remain as is. Submissions will be graded by a Competition Committee for content, creativity, feasibility, form, and persuasiveness. The winning students will be given the chance to work with Legislation‘s editors for publication through our online companion, Quorum, receive a cash prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. to meet with policymakers and lobby for their proposal. Additionally, winning students will be recognized at our March 2, 2020 Deepfakes Symposium.

The inaugural policy problem challenged students to tackle the issue of access to legal representation and produced a number of interesting proposals. The winning proposal, published in the 2014 volume of our online companion Quorum, sought to address this concern by “authoriz[ing] state agencies that administer Social Security Act programs to open negotiations with the appropriate federal agencies to create demonstration projects that provide people with legal counsel.”

In Spring 2020, students will address Representative Yvette Clarke’s DEEP FAKES Accountability Act.

The 2020 Legislation Competition has begun!

RULES FOR SUBMISSION

  1. Your response paper should be no longer than 1500 words.
  2. Outside research is recommended and citations should be Bluebooked.
  3. Responses are due on January 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. Please submit your response proposal to sse.legis@gmail.com. Please include the cover letter form (found in the prompt below) with your paper.
  4. Do not include your name or any identifying information in the response paper itself, as it will be graded anonymously. Any response papers with identifying information will be excluded from
    the competition.
  5. Each response paper may be the work product of only one person.

2020 Competition Prompt


Inaugural Winner

Cerin M. Lindgrensavage ’16
Model Fairness and Advocacy for Interested Recipients (FAIR) Act: Ensuring Fair and Balanced Treatment of Americans Participating in Social Security Act Programs Through Legal Representation and Counsel

*This competition has been supported in part by the generous contributions of our sponsor(s) in previous years. 

2015: LexisNexis
2014: LexisNexis, BarBri