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James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition

The James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition is a writing competition for students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law. First Prize is $1000, Second Prize is $750, and Third Prize is $500. Competition winner(s) will be posted online at

A securities arbitration activist and scholar, James E. Beckley was known for defending and promoting the rights of public investors. He 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, Beckley was the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) President. This competition and award has been established to honor his legacy.

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 contest is open to all students who attend a law school in the United States with a deadline of August 31, 2018.