Writing Competitions

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PLEASE NOTE: The competitions on this page are not administered by Washburn University or its School of Law. The organizations offering these awards are outside entities that privately support the competitions with their own funding. Applicants apply directly to the sponsoring organization, not Washburn University or its School of Law.

24th Annual Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
Deadline: Friday, 8/18/2017
Award: 1st Place $10,000; 2nd Place $5,000; 3rd Place $3,000; (2) Finalist Awards of $1,000 each
Website: www.brownsims.com/about-brown-sims/affiliations/judge-john-r-brown-award/
SPONSOR: Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation.

TOPIC: No restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: 1. The article must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional other than the author of the paper; 2. Only one paper may be submitted on behalf of any student and only one paper may be sponsored by any faculty member or legal professional.

Student Package Must Contain: 1. Two copies of article submission; 2. a separate sheet containing the title of the paper; 3. the name, physical address, telephone number, and email address of the student; and 4. the name, title, physical address, and email address of the student sponsor.

Kenneth G. Engerrand
Brown Sims, P.C.
1177 West Loop South, 10th Floor
Houston, Texas 77027
Competition #15 (Added/Updated: Thursday, 4/6/2017)

James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, 9/8/2017
Award: 1st Place - $1,000; 2nd Place - $750; 3rd Place - $500
Website: piabafoundation.org/piabe-bar-journal/beckley-competition
SPONSOR: PIABA Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association Foundation.

TOPIC: The submission may address any aspect of Securities Law; Securities Arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1 thru 14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code. The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.

FORMAT & REQUIREMENTS: Submissions should be on one of the topics listed above. The text of a submission must be double spaced, with 12 point font and one inch margins. If the submission covers both a topic among those listed above and a topic not listed above, only the topic listed above will be evaluated. Submissions will not be penalized for arguing a position that would limit investor rights rather than expand them.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: The contestant name and other identifying markings such as school name are not to be on any copy of the submitted entry. The PIABA Foundation will assign a random number to each entry and will record this number on all copies of each submission. Neither the contestant identity nor his or her academic institution will be known to any Competition Judge. Each entrant may submit only one entry.

Email to www.piabafoundation.org
Competition #17 (Added/Updated: Wednesday, 5/24/2017)

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