May 2, 2018 - Third-year University of Houston Law Center student Christina Beeler was chosen as the winner of the 2018 American Constitution Society Constance Baker National Student Writing Competition.
Beeler will receive a cash prize for her paper, "Felony Disenfranchisement Laws: Paying and Re-paying a Debt to Society." She will be recognized at the 2018 ACS National Convention on June 7-9. in Washington D.C.
"Ex-felons are routinely denied the right to vote after successful completion of their sentences," Beeler said. "More than 6,000,000 people are currently denied the right to vote because of a prior felony conviction, which undermines the principles of democracy, the goals of the criminal justice system, and the political process.
"It is such an honor to win this award and to have an opportunity to bring attention to this issue."
Beeler is the former president of the Law Center's American Constitution Society student chapter. She is currently serving a two-year term on its national board of directors.