The Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition is administered by Public Citizen and sponsored by Gerson H. Smoger of Smoger & Associates in Dallas, Texas, and Oakland, California and R. Ben Hogan III of Hogan Law Office, PC, in Birmingham, Alabama. This $5000 scholarship is awarded to one student with the best submission of a 6000 to 25000 original and unpublished essay or paper on the topic “What is the role of the liability system in addressing COVID-19?” This scholarship contest is open to any current law students and posts 2015 law graduates and any masters of law students.
Philanthropists, institutions, organizations and other types of groups offer scholarships to the students who have demonstrated high skills and achievements in their fields of interests. These scholarships have helped students pay for their tuition, any relevant expenses, and they continue to do so in the future. With scholarships, students would not have to face the burden of having a side-job or part-time job to pay for the costs of the course/program. They can solely focus on their education and get the best possible grades that they can.
Founded in 1971, Public Citizen has spontaneously grown to 500,000 members and supporters within the United States. This is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to defend democracy, fight against corporate power and ensure that government works for all and not just corporations. They have been fiercely fighting against the government for many decades and have represented public interest in the halls of power. Public Citizen does not participate or initiate partisan political activities or endorse any candidates for elected office. They do not accept any government or corporate money, which have always enabled them to remain fiercely independent and call out the bad actors irrespective of the power, influence or money they have.
Refer to the below table for more details of the scholarship:
|Educational Level||Current law students, post-2015 law graduates, and all masters of law students|
|Number of Awards||1|
|Application Deadline||April 30, 2021|
|Requirement||6,000 to 25,000 words essay|
Who May Be Eligible
This essay writing scholarship competition is open to any current law students. Also, post 2015 law graduates and masters of law students. Co-authored submissions are accepted, but the authors of the winning application will share the prize. As long as each work submitted is original and unpublished, multiple applications by the same student/students are accepted.
How to Apply
Applicants must write an original and unpublished 6000 to 25000 words essay or paper on the topic “What is the role of the liability system in addressing COVID-19?” and submit it on or before Friday, April 30, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, to Amanda Fleming at email@example.com.
- All submissions must be emailed in the format of Microsoft Word documents.
- The 6000 to 25000 words essay may be full-length law review articles or shorter academic essays and should use footnotes (not endnotes).
- The judging process will include a panel of lawyers, including law professors and practitioners. They will judge the submissions based on originality, depth of analysis, quality of writing, and thoroughness.
The main benefit of this $5000 scholarship, which is sponsored by R. Ben Hogan III of Hogan Law Office & Gerson H. Smoger of Smoger & Associates and administered by Public Citizen Organization, is to help current law students who have demonstrated high skills through their writing. These scholarships are awarded to only one winner every year and can be used towards their educational expenses.
All scholarship applications must be submitted to Amanda Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org on April 30, 2021.