The editorial board of the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice at the Washington and Lee University School of Law has announced the winners of the annual writing competition to determine which students will be selected as staff writers. The 14 students join a staff that includes editor-in-chief Yousri Omar, executive editor Stephanie Yost, and managing editor Molly Donnelly.
This year's staff writers are: Christina Bonfanti, Fatima Budica, Elizabeth Crawford, Chace Daley, Kristen Depowski, Edmund Ferguson, Chaitra Gokul, Howard Highland, Raya Jarawan, Elizabeth Joseph, Andrea Niculescu, Brian Reddan, Seetha Srinivasan, Apryl Whitaker, and Lindsay Wise.
The second-year students were chosen following a rigorous competition and selection process, known as the Write-On competition, which was held jointly this year with the Washington and Lee Law Review. During the competition, candidates are required to write a paper outlining their solution to a complex problem supplied by the editorial boards of the Journal and the Law Review, along with supporting cases and other sources. This year's problem, a First Amendment issue, concerned the free speech rights of a public school student set against the backdrop of school violence.
In contrast to the Law Review, which awards staff writing positions to all but the top four submissions based on a combination of writing ability and first-year grades, the Journal does not take grades into account all, focusing only on the writing ability of the students. In addition, the editorial board of the Journal grades a personal statement of the applicant to gauge his or her commitment to the mission and goals of the Journal.
The Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice is a research and reference publication focusing on legal issues that have an impact on racial and ethnic minorities. The Journal concentrates on legal realities and reports on developments in both statutory and case law in an effort to monitor their impact on minority communities.Email This Page