About the Competition
This is a writing competition for students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law sponsored by The Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) Foundation.
First Prize is $1000, Second Prize is $750, and Third Prize is $500. Competition winner(s) will be posted online at www.piabafoundation.org.
The PIABA Bar Journal Board-of-Editors will publish the first place paper, and may, at their option, print additional submissions.
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.
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.
1st place: $1,000.00
2nd place: $750.00
3rd place: $500.00
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.
Competition Submission Form
For Submission Form, click here.
August 31, 2018. 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 11, 2018. 2nd – 3rd places, and Honorable Mention(s) are announced at that time as well.