During his Election Law class with Professor Jed Stiglitz, Jeremy Amar-Dolan ’14 paid close attention to the fight for equal voting rights during the 1960’s. Inspired to take his interest to the next level, he entered the American Constitution Society’s 2013 Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition.
In May, he was named the winner of the competition, earning $3,000 and the chance to publish his paper in an upcoming issue of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, which he accepted.
“It was really unexpected,” said Amar-Dolan, an Old Town, Maine native, who was honored at the ACS National Convention in Washington D.C. in June.
“I entered the competition because my paper fit the theme of the program. I hadn’t thought that much about it, but then I got an email saying that I was a finalist. That’s when I thought that maybe I could win it.”
Amar-Dolan’s paper was entitled “The Voting Rights Act and the Fifteenth Amendment Standard of Review.” Under discussion is the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which sought to end disenfranchisement by eliminating discriminatory election practices, including voting bans based on literacy tests. In his paper, Amar-Dolan—who is spending his summer working at Jones Day—argues that legislation which enforces the Fifteenth Amendment “should be subject to a more deferential standard.”