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The Warren Court Prize

 

$500 First place

$250 Second place

For essays on matters of Ethics, Justice, or Constitutional Law

 

Poster: click here

 

The Details

 

Deadline for Submissions: February 28, 2014, 3pm, Nichols Hall 363

 

Requirements for Submission

  • Open to all and only Sonoma State University students in good standing
  • Must be on a topic related to ethics, justice, or constitutional law
  • Must be accompanied by a provided Form of Approval for Submission, signed by an SSU instructor (available in Nichols Hall 363 or click here)
  • May reflect empirical research, textual analysis, or theoretical innovation, but must present an argument
  • Length between 1500-2500 words, double-spaced
  • Submit three hard copies to the Philosophy Department office, Nichols Hall 363, by the deadline
  • Student agrees, if her or his submission is a winner, to attend an end-of-year ceremony honoring the prizewinners and to deliver a short oral summary of the prizewinning work

 

Criteria for Excellence

  • Quality of writing
  • Originality
  • Argumentative acumen
  • Creativity
  • Importance for and relevance to matters of constitutional law, justice, or ethics
  • Academic rigor

 

Earl Warren was the 14th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  The Warren Court is known for its pivotal role in promoting liberty and justice in America, through such landmark cases as Brown v. Board of Education, Griswold v. Connecticut, and Miranda v. Arizona.  Sonoma State University’s Warren Court Prize is awarded annually to the student who best follows in the Warren Court’s tradition by producing an essay of excellent quality on matters of ethics, justice, civil liberties, or constitutional law.

 

This prize was made possible by a generous donation from Ken Marcus, Ph.D., SSU Professor Emeritus

 

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