Establishing Equity in Our Food System

March 11-12, 2016
UC Irvine School of Law

Student Writing Competition

UCI School of Law and the UC Global Food Initiative will co-host a symposium at UCI on March 11-12, 2016.  The symposium will focus on the topic of food equity.  As a part of this initiative, the symposium organizers have created a student writing competition open to all current students and 2015 graduates of University of California law schools.  The winner of the competition will (1) receive an award of $500; (2) have the opportunity to present his/her work at the symposium; and (3) have the opportunity to submit the paper for publication in the symposium issue of the UC Irvine Law Review. 

All submissions must address some aspect of food equity, which we have defined broadly to account for those circumstances in which food operates as the cause or sets the context for subordination and inequality.  This includes topics arising within the field of food law but it also can include other areas of law such as those governing immigration, health, and the environment.  All those who are currently enrolled in a UC law schools (Berkeley, Davis, Hastings, Irvine, or Los Angeles) or who have graduated no earlier than Spring 2014 are eligible to enter the competition.  All submissions must not have been published or committed for publication. 

To enter the competition, applicants must do the following:

  1. Submit a paper not exceeding 25,000 words including footnotes.
  2. Remove any identifying information on the paper.
  3. Include a cover letter with the applicant’s name, year in school (or graduation), and school of affiliation.

The deadline to submit is 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.  Please send all materials to Ana Duong (  Please direct any questions or concerns to the symposium organizer, Professor Stephen Lee at

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