Judge John R. Brown Award

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

Rules for the 2014 Brown Award of $10,000 for Excellence in Legal Writing – January 2014:

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-first 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 receive the Award. This year the stipend for the winner is $10,000. The 2013 Award was presented to Marissa Doran of Yale University School of Law for her paper, Information Traps.

In order to be considered, four 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 June 6, 2014. 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 2014 recipient of the Brown Award will be notified by December 16, 2014, and listed with the other finalists at the website www.brownsims.com/about-brown-sims/affiliations/judge-john-r-brown-award.

Results for the 2013 Brown Award; congratulations, to the winners of the 2013 Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing.

First Place: Information Traps (Marissa Doran, Professor Christine Jolls)

Second Place: Beneath the Surface of the Clean Water Act: Exploring the Depth of the Act’s Jurisdictional Scope of Groundwater Pollution (Anna Makowski/Professor Suzanne Rowe)

Third Place: Lien on Me: The Survival of Security Interests in Revenues from the Sale of an FCC License (Jennifer Kent, Professor Ingrid Hillinger)


The Historical Foundations of Textual Treaty Interpretation (Andrew Tutt, Professor Owen Fiss)

The Challenges of 3D Printing to the Repair-Reconstruction Doctrine in Patent Law (Kelsey Wilbanks, Professor Adam Mossoff)

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