The Rear Admiral John S. Jenkins Writing Award honors a leader of the military bar who was a co-founder of NIMJ, the inaugural chair of the Advisory Board, and thereafter a Director of NIMJ for many years.

This award is presented to the best nominated paper written by a law student on a military legal topic and reflects Rear Admiral Jenkins’ deep commitment to both legal education and military justice.

Rear Admiral John S. Jenkins served in the Navy for 28 years ultimately serving as The Judge Advocate General of the Navy.

He also served as Senior Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs at the George Washington University Law School and as a member of the Cox Commission, which was convened by NIMJ in 2001 to recommend improvements in the Uniform Code of Military Justice.


Papers and/or published articles are eligible for this award if they were written by a candidate for the J.D. (that is, by a student who has not yet completed his or her degree) in academic year 2017-18.


Submissions will be evaluated by a committee of law professors and practitioners on the basis of “excellence in writing on military law.”

If no paper is deemed appropriate for the award, the committee may elect not to make an award. If more than one paper is deemed worthy of recognition, the committee may honor such papers with honorable mention.

Interested students or recommending faculty should submit the paper, accompanied with the author’s name, phone and email, along with any publication information on the paper. Submit your paper to NIMJ no later than July 31 2018.

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The award carries a $250 prize and certificate. The paper may also be published on the NIMJ website with the author’s consent. Students may nominate their own work, including work that has been published in a law journal; faculty may also nominate deserving student papers.

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