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FFRF announces 2024 law student essay contest with $10,000-plus prize money

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is excited to announce the 2024 Diane and Stephen Uhl Memorial Essay Competition for Law School Students, with a top prize of $4,000.

Law school students will be asked to respond to recent Supreme Court decisions that ignore the Establishment Clause by proposing language for a 28th constitutional amendment that would bring the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses back into balance. Additionally, students will then analyze how the proposed language would alter the result in a recent Supreme Court case.

FFRF will award cash prizes to the top three essayists ($4,000, $3,000, $2,000) and optional honorable mentions ($500), if so deserving. All eligible entrants will also receive a one-year complimentary student membership to FFRF, which includes a digital version of 10 issues of Freethought Today.

Essays will be completely blinded to avoid unintentional bias. A selection of FFRF attorneys will be on the review panel.

The contest is open to all ongoing law school students attending a North American law school. Students will remain eligible to enter even if they are to graduate from law school by spring or summer of 2024. Essays must be no longer than 1,500 (not including footnotes).

The deadline for entry is March 15, 2024. For full rules and eligibility requirements, or to enter the contest, click here.

“Young freethinkers will pave the way,” says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “With a rogue court going unchecked, the future of law needs students willing to stand up for the ‘Nones’ of our country.”

The Freedom From Religion Foundation strongly encourages law students to enter the contest.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is the country’s largest freethought organization, with 40,000 nonreligious members and several chapters all across the country.

If you are an FFRF member, sign into your account here and then update your email subscriptions here.

To become an FFRF member, click here. To learn more about FFRF, request information here.

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