The Dukeminier Awards Journal of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law

About the Dukeminier Awards Journal

Each year, scholars, lawyers, judges, and law students throughout the United States publish hundreds of law review articles concerning various aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity law. The Williams Institute and the students at UCLA School of Law who staff the journal initiated the Dukeminier Awards to acknowledge and distribute the best of these articles.

The goals of the journal and its awards are to encourage scholars to begin or continue writing about sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy; provide valuable recognition and support for scholars, law students, and lawyers who write in this area; and provide easy access to each year’s best scholarly materials for those outside of legal academia, including lawyers, judges, other legal actors, and policy makers. Those who receive the Dukeminier Award will have their article republished in the Dukeminier Awards Journal.

The Dukeminier Awards Journal is edited in partnership with the Williams Institute and staffed by students at UCLA School of Law. Staff recruitment of first-year students begins in the spring. Interested 1Ls may reach out to with any questions.

The Dukeminier Awards Student Note Competition

The Dukeminier Awards Student Note Competition annually recognizes the best student writing on issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity in the law. The winning note is published in the Dukeminier Awards Journal and receives the First Place Jeffrey S. Haber award, which is $1,000. The winning entry is selected in collaboration with the Williams Institute, and the UCLA Law students who staff the journal are responsible for editing and preparing the note for publication in the journal.

Prior student note topics include legal issues involving the intersection of sexual orientation and/or gender identity with the following themes: parenting, racial and ethnic identities, employment, youth, transgender issues, intersex issues, bisexual erasure, marriage, social movements, sports, international comparative law, administrative law, criminal law, constitutional law, and evidence law. 

The 2016 Competition is open to students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school during the 2015-2016 academic year.  Entries may be submitted by email to or by postal mail to the Williams Institute. Submissions for the 2016 Competition will be accepted until December 1, 2016The deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting submissions. More information about the competition