In the 2018 midterm elections there were a host of criminal justice reforms on ballots across the country. Issues ranged from Felony Re-Enfranchisement in Florida, to Non-Unanimous Juries in Louisiana, Drug Crimes Sentencing in Ohio, and even Slavery in Colorado.

As a criminal defense lawyer I see the good and the bad of our criminal justice system each and every day. As Americans, it is our duty to continually question whether our laws can be improved in order to create a more just system for all people. And as aspiring lawyers and legal professionals, you bear this burden even more than others.

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Scholarship Contest Overview

We are asking students to write an essay in which they answer the question:

What is the single most important reform that ought to be made to the United States criminal justice system?

The writer of the most compelling essay, as judged by criminal defense attorney Miller Leonard, will receive $1,000 to be put toward their legal education.

Eligibility Rules

  • Applicants must be enrolled or accepted into an ABA accredited law school in the United States as of the fall 2020 semester.
  • Applicants must submit the required information on or before Thursday, August 1, 2020
  • Applications must be received by no later than Thursday, August 1, 2020.

*The scholarship award recipient will be selected an announced by no later than Thursday, August 15, 2020.