Judge John R. Brown Award

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation
1177 West Loop South, Tenth Floor
Houston, Texas 77027

2016 Rules for the Brown Award of $10,000 for Excellence in Legal Writing

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-third annual Brown Award. The Award is in recognition of Excellence in Legal Writing in American Law Schools. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B degree is eligible to submit a paper for the Award. This year the stipend for the winner is $10,000. The 2015 Award was presented to Michael Clemente, Yale Law School, for his paper, A Reassessment of Common Law Protections for “Idiots.”

In order to be considered, two copies of a current legal writing must be submitted to the Foundation c/o Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C., Tenth Floor, 1177 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027-9007. 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. 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. The submission must be postmarked no later than August 19, 2016. The student’s package must contain a separate sheet containing the title of the paper; the name, physical address, telephone number, and email address of the student; and the name, title, physical address, and email address of the student’s sponsor. There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject. The Foundation will appoint a final judging panel consisting of a law school dean, a federal judge, and a law school professor. The Foundation will not return any material submitted to the Foundation. The 2016 recipient of the Brown Award will be notified by January 31, 2017, and listed with the other finalists at the website www.brownsims.com-/about-brown-sims/affiliations/judge-john-r-brown-award.

Results for the 2015 Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing:

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing:

First Place: $10,000 to Michael Clemente, Yale Law School, for his paper, A Reassessment of Common Law Protections for “Idiots;” Sponsor: Professor Noah Messing, Yale Law School;

Second Place: $5,000 to Daniel J. Hay, Vanderbilt University Law School, for his paper, Baptizing O’Brien: Towards Intermediate Protection of Religiously Motivated Expressive Conduct; Sponsor: Professor Sean B. Seymore, Vanderbilt University Law School;

Third Place: $3,000 to Alexander Bedrosyan, The University of Pennsylvania Law School, for his paper, The Limitations of Tradition: How Modern Choice of Law Doctrine Can Help Courts Resolve Conflicts within the New York Convention and the Federal Arbitration Act; Sponsor: Professor Kermit Roosevelt, The University of Pennsylvania Law School;

Finalist: $1,000 to Nicholas DiMarino, St. John’s University School of Law, for his paper, Cutting out the Middleman: Why “Look and Feel” Should Be Ignored in Trade Dress Law; Sponsor: Professor Margaret Valentine Turano, St. John’s University School of Law; and

Finalist: $1,000 to Brynne Krause, The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, for her paper, The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: How Increased Regulation Has Given Large Banks an Artificial Competitive Edge; Sponsor: Judge Cindy Martin, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District.

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