WUCL Announces Essay Winners

Willamette University College of Law has announced the winners of the 2003 National Undergraduate Student Writing Competition of the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Commonly referred to as the "states rights amendment," the 10th Amendment is important, says David Kenagy, associate dean and interim director of school's clinical law program, because "it reserves to the states and to the people all rights not specifically given to the federal government." The Peterson Prize, offered by the law school's Center for Law and Government, is an annual national competition open to all full-time upper division students enrolled in an undergraduate institution and awards $5,000 for the first place winner, $3,000 for second and $2,000 for third.

In recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has entered into the struggle for power between the federal government and the states. According to Steve Green, director for the Center for Law and Government, "For the past eight years, the U.S. Supreme Court has been cutting back on congressional authority to regulate in the states.This shift toward using the 10th Amendment as a bar to federal authority has made the 10th Amendment one of the most important issues in contemporary constitutional law."

The Peterson Prize Competition, says Green, "acts as a catalyst and forum for exploring issues surrounding federalism and federal-state relationships." This year, Valerie David and Adina Preda from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada both share the first place award. Second place went to Katherine P. Roberts of Princeton, NJ and third place to Patrick Hardy of Mission Viejo, Cal. Original papers were evaluated on scholarship; originality; depth and rigor of analysis and quality and clarity of writing.

  • FIRST PLACE: The Residual Powers and Federalist Issues in Treaty Implementation in the U.S and Canada: Shifting Balances; Co-authors: Valerie David and Adina Preda, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
  • SECOND PLACE: When Federalism Doesn't Work: Entergy Louisiana, Inc. v. Louisiana Public Service Commission, et al. (2003) and the Functionality of the "Federal Bargain" Author: Katherine P. Roberts, Princeton University
  • THIRD PLACE: Treaty Supremacy in the Age of Globalization; Author: Patrick Hardy, Chapman University