The 2016 PIABA Foundation Securities Arbitration and Securities Law Writing Competition

Contest.  This is a writing competition for students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law sponsored by The PIABA Foundation.  First Prize is $1000, Second Prize is $750, and Third Prize is $500. Competition winner(s) will be posted online. The PIABA Bar Journal Board-of-Editors will publish the first place paper, and may, at their option, print additional submissions.

Topic. The submission may address any aspect of Securities Law; Securities Arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code. The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.

Eligibility. The competition is open to all students who attend a law school in the United States. Full-time students who are not law students but who write law-related papers as part of a course at an American law school are also eligible. Employees of The PIABA Foundation and PIABA (except for students working less than 20 hours per week) are not eligible to enter the competition.

Authorship. The author must have performed all the key tasks of researching, writing, and revising the paper for himself or herself, but may have received a reasonable amount of advice from academicians or practitioners.  Except for any discussions or other activities that occur as part of course activities approved by the student’s professor, the author must avoid collaboration with other students.  If the paper is written as an assignment in a legal writing class and if the student was assigned to produce the paper along with a partner, the student may submit the paper but must identify the portions for which the student was the sole author.  Only those parts of the paper will be evaluated.  Under no other circumstances may any of the written product be produced by another.

Criteria and Judging. All entries will be judged anonymously by the Competition Judges, who will select the winning submission(s). The   PIABA Foundation will notify the award winner(s) in early October. The Judges reserve the right not to award any prizes if it is determined that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year.

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: quality of research and authority provided; accuracy and clarity of the analysis; compliance with legal writing standards and technical quality of writing, including organization, grammar, syntax, and form. Strong preference will be given to articles that advocate pro-investor positions, provide updates on or surveys of securities or ADR law, and/or are consistent with The PIABA Foundation’s mission of promoting the education and interests of the public investor in securities and commodities arbitration, protecting public investors from abuses in the arbitration process, and making securities and commodities arbitration fair through legislative reforms to arbitration forum providers.

Purposes of the James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition. The purposes of the competition are to promote greater interest in and understanding of the fields of securities arbitration and securities law and to encourage excellent legal writing skills in law students.

Format. Submissions should be on one of the topics listed above.  The text of a submission must be double-spaced, with twelve-point font and one-inch margins. Any Question(s) Presented section, the Statement of the Facts / Statement of the Law section, the     Argument section, and/or the Conclusion together are a minimum of 15 pages and a maximum of 30 pages. If the submission covers both a topic among those listed above and a topic not listed above, only the topic listed above will be evaluated.  Submissions will not be penalized for arguing a position that would limit investor rights rather than  expand them.

To Enter. Entries must be received through no later than 5 pm eastern on September 16, 2016. The contestant’s name and other identifying markings such as school name are not to be on any copy of the submitted entry.  The PIABA Foundation will assign a random number to each entry and will record this number on all copies of each submission.  Neither the contestant’s identity nor his or her academic institution will be known to any Competition Judge. Each entrant may submit only one entry.  The form and these rules also appear on The PIABA Foundation website. From the home page select 2016 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition.

Deadline.  September 16, 2016. The first place winner is invited to accept the James E. Beckley Writing Competition in-person during the President’s Dinner at the PIABA Annual Meeting on October 28, 2016. 2nd – 3rd places, and Honorable Mention(s) are announced at that time as well.

About James E. Beckley. A passionate securities arbitration activist and an accomplished scholar, Mr. Beckley was well known for defending and promoting the rights of public investors. Along with his advocacy skills, he was as a prolific and outstanding writer. Mr. Beckley served on the Securities Industry Conference on Arbitration, an organization created at the request of the Securities and Exchange Commission to maintain and update the Uniform Code of Arbitration for securities arbitration, and to serve as a sounding board on issues of fairness in arbitration. At the time of his death in 1999, Mr. Beckley was the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (“PIABA”) President. This competition and award has been established to honor his legacy.

Competition Submission Form


Apply to be a Summer Organizing Fellow – Miami Dade Democratic Party

Are you ready to get off the sidelines, roll up your sleeves and fight for affordable higher education, healthcare for all, protect a woman’s right to choose, get serious on climate change, a comprehensive immigration reform bill, and win back the Supreme Court so we can overturn Citizens United.

If you’re ready, then fill out your application for the 2016 Summer Organizing Fellowship for the coordinated campaign. The fellowship starts on May 28 and ends in late August.

Summer fellows will be the core of our campaign to win up-and-down the ballot in November, as they were in 2012.

Apply today and get your start in progressive politics. Deadline to apply is May 21st.


The Summer Fellow program is for law school students with an interest in public interest law. The Fellow will spend 6 weeks at LAS/CCLA working directly with clients and staff attorneys. The Fellowship will take place during a mutually agreed upon and consecutive 6 week period between May 9, 2016 and August 26, 2016, and the Fellow will receive a $2,500 stipend. 

Important Dates:

April 27 (10:00-11:00 a.m.) Meet & Greet at Legal Aid Offices, 491 N State Road 7, Plantation Florida 33317. Attendance is not required or mandatory. This is an opportunity for candidates to learn more about the legal aid programs in Broward County and to ask any questions.

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

April 28 (4:00 p.m.) Application Deadline (Applications must be submitted via email and time stamped prior to 4:00 EST.)

May 2-4 Phone interviews with finalists.

May 4 Notification of Fellowship recipient.

May 6  Announcement at National Law Day. Fellow will be invited to attend the Broward County Law Day luncheon if their schedule permits.

For the application, please visit the CDO.


ABA RPTE Law Student Writing Contest

The goal of the ABA RPTE student writing contest is to encourage and reward law student writing on the subjects of real property or trust and estate law. The essay contest is designed to attract students to these law specialties, and to encourage scholarship and interest in these areas. Articles submitted for judging are encouraged to be of timely topics and have not been previously published. This contest is open to all law and LL.M students currently attending an ABA-accredited law school.

1st place:

  • $2,500 award
  • Free round-trip airfare and hotel accomodations to the RPTE Fall Leadership Meeting in Banff, Alberta, Canada, September 14-17, 2016. This is an excellent meeting to network with RPTE leadership!
  • One year free RPTE membership
  • Consideration for publication in The Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, the Section’s law review journal, which is mailed to 20,000 RPTE members
  • Name and essay title will be published in the eReport, the Section’s electronic newsletter

2nd place

  • $1,450 award
  • One year free RPTE membership
  • Consideration for publication in The Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, the Section’s law review journal, which is mailed to 20,000 RPTE members
  • Name and essay title will be published in the eReport, the Section’s electronic newsletter

3rd place

  • $1,000 award
  • One year free RPTE membership
  • Consideration for publication in The Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, the Section’s law review journal, which is mailed to 20,000 RPTE members
  • Name and essay title will be published in the eReport, the Section’s electronic newsletter

Entries must be received by the Section no later than June 30, 2016. See the official contest rules and entry form for details.

More information, including official rules and applications, can be found on the website.

Join the FBA’s South Florida Chapter for a Lunch Featuring Bruce Moyer, Counsel for Government Relations to the Federal Bar Association

Please join the FBA’s South Florida Chapter on April 13, 2016 for a lunch featuring guest speaker Bruce Moyer, Counsel for Government Relations to the Federal Bar Association.   Mr. Moyer will discuss the federal courts and election year politics, including the current vacancy at the U.S. Supreme Court and at other federal courts.

Mr. Moyer advises and represents the FBA in Washington on policy issues that involve the federal court system, its funding, operations, and jurisprudence.  His column, Washington Watch, appears regularly in The Federal Lawyer magazine.  He is an attorney, registered lobbyist, and the principal of The Moyer Group, a firm specializing in government relations and public policy.

For tickets, please visit this link.

When:                 Wednesday, April 13, 2016 

Where:               Hyatt Regency Miami
                                400 SE 2nd Avenue
                                Miami, FL    33131 

Time:                   11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Cost:                     $50.00 for non-members
                                $35.00 for members
                                $20.00 for government, young (< 5 years), academic lawyers & students


This Week at the CDO (Week of March 28, 2016)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016:

  • Careers in Patent Law and the Patent Bar Exam – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Law School Campus Room E-265: Practising Law Institute will meet with Patent-Bar-eligible students to talk about careers in intellectual property law and the Patent Office Exam. For any questions, please contact the CDO.

The Deadline for the 2015-2016 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition is April 4th!

The deadline for the 2015-2016 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition is fast approaching! Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm ET on Monday, April 4, 2016.

Students should email entries (and any questions) to Talia Fox. 

Organized by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS), this annual competition invites law students from across the country to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. The winner will receive a $2000 cash prize, an offer of publication in ELI’s flagship journal, the Environmental Law Reporter(ELR), and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

For more information about the competition and past winners, please visit the website or CDO Blog post here.


Prestigious Awards and Fellowships 101 – Wednesday, March 30, at 1:00 pm in the Hecht Residential College Faculty Master Apartment #122

Are you interested in applying for Prestigious Awards and Fellowships, but you don’t know where to begin? Join April Dobbins, Director of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships, for this information session that will cover the basics of applying for nationally and internationally competitive awards and fellowships such as the Rhodes Scholarship and the Fulbright, Boren, and Gates Cambridge awards.

Learn how to secure stellar letters of recommendation and write compelling personal statements. Find the awards that are right for you. For more information, contact April Dobbins via email.


2016 Law Student Writing Competition

The National Law Review is hosting its 2016 Law Student Writing Competition. The National Law Review (NLR) consolidates practice-oriented legal analysis from a variety of sources for easy access by lawyers, paralegals, law students, business executives, insurance professionals, accountants, compliance officers, human resource managers, and other professionals who wish to better understand specific legal issues relevant to their work.

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site.

Each month’s entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be published on the NLR website.

Submissions are now being accepted. 

Suggested Topics:

  • Cyber-security Issues – Major data breaches, EU Privacy Shield, Wearable Devices,Medical Devices​
    Election 2016 Coverage
  • Tax Issues
  • Constitutional Issues – First Amendment, Gun Control
  • Employment Issues – Ban the Box Laws, Minimum Wage,Transgender Accommodations, Age/Sex Discrimination

Articles covering current issues related to other areas of the law may also be submitted. 

How to Submit:

Entries for March must be must be submitted via email to by 5:00 pm Central Standard Time March 31, 2016.

For complete submission guidelines and accompanying materials go to:Submission Guidelines.



Hosted by: Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director, Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management. In a brief webinar, we will discuss the timeline, eligibility, application, and answer your questions about the process. You have four opportunities to attend.

Please RSVP via email for one session by Monday, March 28, 2016. Please include your name, title, school, and the date you choose to attend.

Participation is limited to the first 100 respondents for each session. These are the sessions: 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

12:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time) or 3:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time)


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016

3:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time) 12:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time