How to win an award for writing about originalism


I’m happy to announce that the Federalist Society at the University of Chicago has a new writing award, the Eaton Award, available to Federalist Society members across the country as long as they don’t have a long academic publication history.

This year’s topic is “Does Originalism Still Work?” Defenders and critics of originality are invited to submit!

The full announcement is below:

Federalist Society of the University of Chicago

Eaton Prize Announcement:

The University of Chicago Federalist Society is delighted to announce the Eaton Award, a writing award made possible through the generosity of Professor Philip Eaton. The prize is designed to encourage further scholarships in the field of constitutional law and to train young researchers in constitutional law. The winner of the 2021-2022 award will receive an amount of over $ 2,000 (to be finalized later) as well as recognition for him and his work.

This year’s topic and submission rules are below.

Prompt: Does originalism still work?

Justice Scalia defined originalism as the interpretation of the Constitution according to “what it meant when it was adopted” rather than “what present-day society, let alone the Court, thinks it is. should At the time, these claims were controversial, but in the next generation many legal thinkers followed Justice Scalia’s approach. There are now at least four, and up to six, self-identified originals in the Supreme Court.

The principles of animation of originalism are well known. Originality promotes consistency by pointing judges to something outside of themselves and their political preferences. Originalism protects democracy by preserving the will of the people as stated in the Constitution and its many amendments. The originality is faithful to the nature of the Constitution and its text. Originality is part of our law and promotes the rule of law.

Much has changed since the defining days of originalism. Faith in our institutions is woefully weak. The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken society. The political division has brought our nation to the brink of constitutional crisis. And many conservatives believe that originalism no longer keeps its promises. As we sit here today, are the justifications for originality still compelling? Or should those who believe in freedom, the separation of powers and the rule of law develop a new approach to constitutional interpretation? Does originalism still work?

Submission rules:

This essay competition is open to Federalist Society members across the country who do not have a long history of academic publishing. The essay should be no longer than 50 pages, although we do accept shorter (or even much shorter) submissions. The essay can be any style, but it must be original and unpublished at the time of submission. The author is welcome and encouraged to publish it later. (If you are unsure if your essay is eligible, please submit it!)

The winner will be judged by a committee composed of members of the Federalist Society section of the University of Chicago and two external constitutional law experts (including a faculty member from the University of Chicago Law School) .

Please submit your essay by email to Conley Hurst, [email protected], by March 15, 2022.

The winner will receive a cash prize in excess of $ 2,000, be recognized at an appropriate ceremony by the Federalist Society Chapter of the University of Chicago, and their essay will be promoted and distributed to other Federalist Society members. by the chapter.


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