Judge John R. Brown Award

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

Rules for The 2019 Brown Award of $10,000
for Excellence in Legal Writing

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-sixth 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 awards for 2019 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 June 3, 2019. 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 2019 recipient of the Brown Award will be notified by December 3, 2019, and listed with the other finalists at the website www.brownsims.com/about-brownsims/affiliations/-judge-john-r-brown-award.





It is our pleasure to announce the winners for the 2018 Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing.

First Place:

Eat Your Vitamins and Say Your Prayers: Bollea v. Gawker, Revenge Litigation Funding, and the Fate of the Fourth Estate by Nicole K. Chipi (sponsor, Dean Patricia White, University of Miami School of Law).

The winner, Nicole Chipi, will receive $10,000, and a donation of $5,000 will be made to the scholarship fund designated by Dean White.

Second Place:

The Early Eight and the Future of Consumer Legal Activism to Fight Modern-Day Slavery in Corporate Supply Chains by Andrew G. Barna (sponsor, Professor Jennifer R. Franklin, William & Mary Law School).

Andrew Barna, will receive $5,000.

Third Place:

Not Quite Human: Artificial Intelligence, Animals, and the Regulation of Sentient Property by Christian F. Chessman (sponsor, James Dempsey, Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology).

Mr. Chessman will receive $3,000.

Finalists:

Avoiding the Fate of Argos: The Duty of Pet Trust Protectors in Connecticut by Andrew B. F. Carnabuci (sponsor, Professor Linda Meyer, Quinnipiac University School of Law).

Lessons from Wynne: Why New York City’s Internally Consistent Income Tax Is Nonetheless Unconstitutional under the Dormant Commerce Clause by Alexander G. Andrews (sponsor, Professor Richard Pomp, University of Connecticut School of Law).

Mr. Carnabuci and Mr. Andrews will each receive $1,000.

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

Finalists for the 2018 Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

These papers are being submitted to the final judging panel to choose the first, second, and third place awards:

Avoiding the Fate of Argos: The Duty of Pet Trust Protectors in Connecticut by Andrew B. F. Carnabuci (sponsor, Professor Linda Meyer, Quinnipiac University School of Law);

The Early Eight and the Future of Consumer Legal Activism to Fight Modern-Day Slavery in Corporate Supply Chains by Andrew G. Barna (sponsor, Professor Jennifer R. Franklin, William & Mary Law School);

Eat Your Vitamins and Say Your Prayers: Bollea v. Gawker, Revenge Litigation Funding, and the Fate of the Fourth Estate by Nicole K. Chipi (sponsor, Dean Patricia White, University of Miami School of Law);

Lessons from Wynne: Why New York City’s Internally Consistent Income Tax Is Nonetheless Unconstitutional under the Dormant Commerce Clause by Alexander G. Andrews (sponsor, Professor Richard Pomp, University of Connecticut School of Law)

Not Quite Human: Artificial Intelligence, Animals, and the Regulation of Sentient Property by Christian F. Chessman (sponsor, James Dempsey, Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology).

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