James E. Beckley Writing Competition

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James E. Beckley Writing Competition

The PIABA Foundation is pleased to announce the James E. Beckley Writing Competition. The competition is open for law students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law and attends a law school in the United States.

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.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • 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.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an application online form through the given link: http://piabafoundation.org/beckley-writing-competition-submission-form


  • 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.
  • Each entrant may submit only one entry
  • 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.
  • The contestant’s name and other identifying markings such as school name are not to be on any copy of the submitted entry.


  • First Prize is $1000,
  • Second Prize is $750, and
  • Third Prize is $500.
  • The PIABA Bar Journal Board-of-Editors will publish the first place paper, and may, at their option, print additional submissions.
  • Competition winner(s) will be posted online at www.piabafoundation.org.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is August 31, 2018.

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