We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 10th annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship co-sponsored by Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
“Racism, Sexism, and Abortion: How Race-Selective and Sex-Selective Bans on Abortion Make Visible the Color-Coded Dimensions of the Right to Abortion and the Deficiencies of Constitutional Protections for Women of Color” by April Shaw, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (2015) Second place:
“Constitutionality of the Death Penalty for Fetal Homicide: Connecting Eighth Amendment Jurisprudence with Fourteenth Amendment Substantive Due Process” by Alix Noureddine, Case Western Reserve University School of Law (2014) Third place:
“A ‘Velvet Hammer’: Criminalizing Motherhood and New Maternalism” by Eliza Duggan, University of California Berkeley School of Law (2016)
The Sarah Weddington Prize is awarded each spring. Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place), or $250 (3rd place). The first place winner will also have a chance at publication with the NYU Review of Law and Social Change. Papers should have a domestic focus, but may draw on international and comparative materials. Authors are asked to apply a reproductive justice and/or human rights framework to their analyses of the issues. We encourage writing that amplifies lesser heard voices, applies an intersectional approach to legal thinking, suggests innovative solutions, and/or takes into account the practical realities and the lived experiences of the people affected.