Judge John R. Brown Award

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

Rules for the 2018 Brown Award of $10,000 for Excellence in Legal Writing

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-fifth 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. The awards for 2018 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 1, 2018. 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. 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 2018 recipient of the Brown Award will be notified by November 2, 2018, and listed with the other finalists at the website www.brownsims.com/about-brownsims/affiliations/-judge-john-r-brown-award.  

Results for the 2017 Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing:

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

First Place: $10,000 to Caroline Fish for her paper, Extraterritorial Human Trafficking Prosecutions: Eliminating Zones of Impunity within the Limits of International Law and Due Process, Sponsored by Margaret E. McGuinness, St. John’s University School of Law.

First Place: $10,000 to Alan M. Vester for his paper, Hybrid Immigration Preemption, Sponsored by David Rubenstein, Washburn University School of Law.

Third Place: $3,000 to Christopher Michael Johnson for his paper, Ecotypes and Killer Whales: Adopting a Scientific Concept to Guide the Endangered Species Act’s “Distinct Population Segments,” Sponsored by Alexia Brunet Marks, University of Colorado Boulder.

Finalist: $1,000 to David Berke for his paper, Reworking the Revolution: Treasury Rulemaking & Administrative Law, Sponsored by Anne L. Alstott, Yale Law School.

Finalist: $1,000 to Elisabeth Winston Lambert for her paper, A Way Out of the “Rotten Social Background” Stalemate: “Scarcity” and Stephen Morse’s Proposed Generic Partial Excuse, Sponsored by Michael O’Hear, Marquette University Law School.

Donations of $5,000 will be made to the scholarship fund selected by the Dean of the law school of each of our two first-place winners, St. John’s University School of Law and Washburn University School of Law.

The Judge John R. Brown Foundation expresses its sincere appreciation to the judges of our final panel: Honorable W. Eugene Davis, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Dean Gregg Vetter, University of Houston Law Center, and Professor Shannon Moritz, Director, Legal Research and Writing Program, University of Illinois College of Law.

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