To be eligible to win, applicants must:
- Be of 2L (JD), 3L (JD), LLM, or JSD status at Cornell Law School
- Have completed a scholarly research paper in the time period spanning May, 2019 – May, 2020.
- Be the sole author of the scholarly research paper
Criteria for Acceptable Papers:
- Seminar and other class papers and journal notes will be accepted; work product generated through summer or other employment will not be accepted
- Minimum of 2500 words in length
- Citations in Bluebook format with footnotes
Send submissions via email to Cassi Norgaisse at email@example.com, no later than May 11, 2020. Include the following:
- A cover email including the author’s name, law school year, degree anticipated, and contact information. Judges will not see the cover email.
- A one page summary (500 words or less) of the research process involved, the lessons learned from that research process, the original purpose for which the paper was written, and the professor for whom the paper was written, if applicable.
- The scholarly research paper. The paper must not be formatted for publication in a specific journal.
Because the judges review all submissions blind, do not include any author-identifying information in the summary or the paper.
A panel composed of Research Services Librarians will judge submissions based on how well they demonstrate the following:
- Sophistication, originality, or unusual depth or breadth in the use of research materials, including, but not limited to, print resources, electronic search engines and databases, primary and secondary legal resources, interdisciplinary resources, and empirical resources
- Exceptional innovation in research strategy, including evidence of ability to locate, select, and critically evaluate research materials
- Skillful synthesis of research results into a comprehensive scholarly analysis
Funding for the Cornell Law Library Prize for Exemplary Student Research is provided by an endowment given to the Law Library by Barbara Cantwell in honor of her late husband, Robert Cantwell, a 1956 graduate of Cornell Law School.
- First Place – $500.00
- Second Place – $250.00
- Winners are invited to publish their paper in Scholarship@Cornell Law, a digital repository of the Cornell Law Library. Here, papers are provided with exposure to the global community, including scholars, researchers, and potential employers.
- Winners are further invited to contribute to a Reading Room display about their research for public exhibition during the year following receipt of the prize.
- Prizes are awarded in the judges’ discretion. Not all prizes may be awarded
Past Cantwell Prize Recipients:
- First Place: Regulatory Takings and the Constitutionality of Commercial Rent Regulation in New York City by Henry Topper
- Second Place: Incarceration or E-Carceration: California’s SB 10 Bail Reform and the Potential Pitfalls for Pretrial Detainees by Ashley Mullen
- A Jury of Your [Redacted]: The Rise and Implications of Anonymous Juries by Leonardo Mangat
- First Place: Truth or Dare: A Framework for Analyzing Credibility in Children Seeking Asylum by Karen Smeda
- Second Place: Columbia University and Incarcerated Worker Labor Unions Under the National Labor Relations Act by Kara Goad
- First Place: An Ode to Sea Turtles & Dolphins: Expanding WTO’s Mandate to Bridge the Trade-Environment Divide by Geary Choe
- Second Place: The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Imposing an American Definition of Corruption on Global Markets by Mateo J. de la Torre
- First Place: “Nobody’s Saying We’re Opposed to Complying”: Barriers to University Compliance with VAWA and Title IX by Charlotte Savino
- Second Place: Don’t Forget About the Jury: Advice for Civil Litigators and Criminal Prosecutors on Differences in State and Federal Courts in New York by Ariel Atlas
- First Place: The Religion of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): Applying the Clergy Privilege to Certain AA Communications by Ari J. Diaconis
- Second Place: The Law Review Divide: A Study of Gender Diversity on the Top Twenty Law Reviews by Lynne N. Kolodinsky
- First Place: Libor Integrity and Holistic Domestic Enforcement by Milson C. Yu
- Second Place: How to Kill Copyright: A Brute-Force Approach to Content Creation by Kirk Sigmon
- First Place: Annexation of the Jury’s Role in Res Judicata Disputes: The Silent Migration from Question of Fact to Question of Law by Steven Madrid
- Second Place: Targeted Killing and Just War: Reconciling Kill-Capture Missions and the Combatant Civilian Framework by Louis Guard
- First Place: Improving Drinking Water Provision under Increasing Global and Regional Economic Integration by William Garthwaite
- Second Place: Law on the Books vs. Law in Action: Under-Enforcement of Morocco’s Reformed 2004 Family Law, the Moudawana by Annie Eisenberg