Sunday, February 22, 2009

Brown Award; May 15, 2009; $10,000

2009 Brown Award of

$10,000 for Excellence in Legal Writing

To Whom It May Concern:

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the sixteenth annual Brown Award to recognize Excellence in Legal Writing in the United States. 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 receive the Award. This year the stipend for the winner is $10,000. The 2008 Award was presented to Patrick J. Charles of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law for his paper, Bearing Arms in the Ohio Constitution: An Historical and Legal Analysis of Article I Section 4.

In order to be considered, four 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 with a letter of recommendation by a law school faculty member or legal professional other than the author of the paper. Only one paper may be sponsored by any faculty member or legal professional, and only one paper may be submitted on behalf of any student. The submission must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2009, and the package 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 of the faculty member or legal professional who is sponsoring the paper. Final judging will be performed by a panel consisting of a law school dean, a federal judge and a law school professor who will be appointed by the Foundation. This year there is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject. The Foundation will not return any material submitted to the Foundation. The recipient of the Brown Award will be notified by August 17, 2009. The Foundation looks forward to receiving excellent nominations from your institution.


Vera Brown

Mrs. John R. “Vera” Brown




Judge John Robert Brown, Bibliography from the Federal Judicial Center:

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1955-1993)

Bass, Jack. Unlikely Heroes: The Dramatic Story of the Southern Judges of the Fifth Circuit Who Translated the Supreme Court`s Brown Decision into a Revolution for Equality. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981.


image: file photo, Central United Methodist Church; Fayetteville, Arkansas