Dukeminier Awards Selection Process
Call for nominations
Each year, a selection committee (generally comprised of UCLA Law students, including those who staff the Dukeminier Awards Journal, scholars from the Williams Institute, and faculty from UCLA and other institutions) will review all law review articles that meet the Dukeminier Awards’ selection criteria to pick the winners who will receive the Dukeminier Awards.
The selection criteria to be eligible for a Dukeminier Award are as follows:
(1) the article must be LGBTQ-related;
(2) the article must be professor/practitioner-written work (any student notes or comments are encouraged to apply for the Student Note Competition instead);
(3) the article’s substance must focus on the United States;
(4) the article must be originally published in a law review/law journal’s main print issue rather than the journal’s online counterpart;
(5) the article must be originally published in a law journal rather than a journal in another discipline.
The vast quantity of published articles is a testament to the broad range of sexual orientation and gender identity scholarship produced each year. There are many articles worthy of recognition and past selection committees readily acknowledge that the articles selected for a chosen year would not necessarily be the same choices everyone would make. However, careful consideration is given to a large number of articles in the process of making selections, and a great deal is learned from the articles selected as well as those that are not. Articles selected for a Dukeminier Award are provocative, interesting, cutting edge, and supported by careful research and elegant writing.
If you would like to nominate an article for consideration, or ensure that your article is considered, please email a copy of your article, along with its citation (which must include the title of the article and the journal in which it was originally published along with the journal volume, page number, and year) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is the first Monday in November. The article must meet our selection criteria as listed above.
The Williams Institute thanks Jeffrey S. Haber, Brondi Borer, Chuck Williams, Stu Walter, and the friends of Zeke Webber, for their endowment gifts to fund individual prizes.