Inaugural SCL NA Hardhat Writing Award: Accepting Papers for 2019

Sunday, 9 June 2019

The Society of Construction Law North America is pleased to announce inauguration of its annual writing competition, “The Hardhat”.  The Hardhat is an annual competition for the best essay submitted to the Society in the field of construction law.  There are two levels of competition, General and Student.    The General category is deemed to mean any working or retired profession regardless of discipline.  Students are to be currently enrolled in any degree program. 

The purpose of the Hardhat competition is to solicit essays on issues of construction law and its application to the construction industry.  Submissions are limited to 6,000 to 8,000 words, and to be in the form of an essay and not a research paper. For 2019 the Society will award six prizes as follows:

General Category

First Prize - $1,000

High Commendation - $500

Commendation - $250

Student Category

First Prize - $500

High Commendation - $250

Commendation - $150

In addition, all entrants awarded a prize or commendation will be granted a one year complimentary membership in the Society.

Candidates may select any subject matter concerning the theory or practice of construction law or its application in the construction industry. The Society encourages entries from all disciplines and levels of experience.  Entrants are encouraged to offer a focused discussion reflecting the author’s opinions, criticism, arguments, experience and/or observations on the subject selected.

Entrants to the Hardhat Writing Award are expected to comply with recognized standards and principles of academic integrity in their writing. These include the avoidance of plagiarism and academic misconduct in their various forms.

Entries must be submitted in Microsoft Word using the Society’s template below.

All entries must be received by 4.00pm Pacific Standard Time Thursday, December 5, 2019 and authorization forms by October 31, 2019.  Entries are to be submitted by email to the Paper Committee Chairs Walied Abdeldayem ( and Bruce Hallock  (

The winners of the Hardhat Writing Award will be announced on February 15, 2020 and will be recognized and offered a speaking slot at the SCL-NA annual conference.

Please direct any queries to the Judging Panel Chair, Walied Abdeldayem at ( or the co-Chair Bruce Hallock at ( ).




The Society of Construction Law North America was founded in 2017 and is established to promote education, study, and research (and publication of the useful results of such research) and its dissemination in the field of construction law and related subjects in the United States, Canada, South America and Overseas.

The Society is currently recruiting members from all sectors of the construction industry within the United States and Canada. It is run by a Council of 11 elected members.

The Society holds frequent meetings and other events in the U.S. and around North America

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