The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation 28th Annual Brown Award

1177 West Loop South, Tenth Floor
Houston, Texas 77027

January 31, 2021

Rules for the 2021 Brown Award of $10,000
For Excellence in Legal Writing

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-eight annual Brown Award. The Award honors 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. The amounts awarded for 2021 will be as follows:

$10,000 First Place,
$5,000 Second Place,
$3,000 Third Place,
$1,000 Finalist,
$1,000 Finalist, and

$5,000 to the Scholarship Fund selected by the Dean of
the law school in which the First Place candidate is enrolled.

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 May 28, 2021. The submission 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. Papers that have been submitted to a law review for publication are eligible, but the submission must be of the paper in its form before it was edited by anyone other than the author.

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 2021 recipient of the Brown Award will be notified by December 3, 2021, and listed with the other finalists at the website


The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the winners for the 2020 Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing.

First Place:

Confining Custody (Justin W. Aimonetti, sponsored by Professor Caleb Nelson, University of Virginia School of Law). The winner, Justin W. Aimonetti, will receive $10,000, and a donation of $5,000 will be made to the scholarship fund designated by the Dean of the University of Virginia School of Law.

Second Place:
How the House Sues (Ben Miller-Gootnick, sponsored by Professor Laurence H. Tribe, Harvard Law School). Ben Miller-Gootnick will receive $5,000.

Third Place:
International Cultural Heritage Law: The Link Between Cultural Nationalism, Internationalism, and the Concept of Cultural Genocide (Ashley Mullen, sponsored by Professor Muna Ndulo, Cornell Law School). Ashley Mullen will receive $3,000.

Stare Decisis and the Supreme Court(s): What States Can Learn from Gamble (Zachary B. Pohlman, sponsored by Professor Elizabeth White Dietz, University of Notre Dame Law School). The Writ-of-Erasure Fallacy, Justiciability, and the Balance of Powers (Tyler B. Lindley, sponsored by Professor Aziz Z. Huq, The University of Chicago Law School). Zachary B. Pohlman and Tyler B. Lindley will each receive $1,000.

Kenneth G. Engerrand
President, The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation

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