Sports Law Student Writing Competitions, Scholarships and Awards

Anne Wall "Ethics in Sports Law" Award | Anne Wall "Top Scholar in Sports Law" Award | Collegiate Issues in Sports Writing Competition and AwardJanis Doleschal "Risk Management in Sport Writing Competition and Award" | Joseph E. O'Neill Prize for Student Writing |  Marquette Sports Law Review Comment Competition Award | National Sports Law Student Writing Competition | Anne Wall Brand Protection Award (ended 2017)

 

Anne Wall "Ethics in Sports Law" Writing Competition and Award

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2021 winner Laurel Montag

Created in 2017, and supported by the generosity of the National Sports Law Institute Board of Advisors member Anne Wall, the "Ethics in Sports Law Award" recognizes the Marquette University Law School student who writes the best essay on a current ethical dilemma in amateur or professional sports as selected by the Competition Review Committee. Complete details on the current writing competition can be found here. Recipients of the award are:

  • 2021: Laurel Montag for her article “It’s (Not) All Par for the Course: Just Because the PGA’s Nonprofit Status is Legal, Does Not Mean it is Ethical.”
  • 2020: Kayla Gribble, for her article Whose Liability is it Anyway? An Analysis of Who Should be Liable of Sexual Harassment Committed by Student-Athletes, Coaches, and Trainers and Xander Landy, for his article XFL: X-ploiting Fans’ Lives
  • 2019: Brandie Tartza, for her article I can Make you a Champion, but it will Cost you
  • 2018: Taylor Brisco, for her article The Unethical Practice of Player Re-Entry in the National Football League and How to Fix It, and Nick Jordan, for his article Tie Game, Bottom of the Ninth, Full-Count: Will MLB Come Through for the Dominican Republic?

Anne Wall "Top Scholar in Sports Law" Award


2021 co-winner Lindsay Dodovich & Olivia McQuade

Created in 2017, and supported by the generosity of National Sports Law Institute Board of Advisors member Anne Wall, this annual award recognizes the graduating third year Sports Law Certificate candidate who has demonstrated the highest level of legal research and writing ability while completing their law degree at Marquette University Law School. Complete details can be found by clicking here. Recipients of this award are:

  • 2021: Lindsay Dodovich & Olivia McQuaade
  • 2020: Olivia Robinson.
  • 2019: M'Kenzee Galloway, Katie Hampel & Sara Kirtley.
  • 2018: Isabelle Faust.

Collegiate Issues in Sports Writing Competition and Award

 

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2021 Winner Kevin Landgraf

Created in 2020, and supported by the generosity of Sports Law Program alum and National Sports Law Institute Board of Advisors member Christian Bray, this annual award recognizes the student who wrote the best essay "focused on an important collegiate athletics related issue in the sports industry."  Complete details of the competition can be found here

  • 2021: Kevin Landgraf, for his article “Even the (Grass) Playing Field: Marijuana’s Role in Collegiate Athletics.”

Janis Doleschal "Risk Management in Sport Writing Competition and Award"

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2021 Winner Brandon Carlson

Created in 2017, and supported by the generosity of the National Sports Law Institute Board of Advisors member Janis Doleschal, the "Risk Management in Sports Law Award" recognizes the Marquette University Law School student who writes the best essay focused on an important risk management related issue in the sport industry, as judged by the Competition Review Committee. Complete details on the current writing competition can be found here. Recipients of the award are:

  • 2021: Brandon Carlson, for his article “High School Coaches’ Liability and the Need for a Uniform Standard of Care.” 
  • 2020: Rae-Anna Sollestre for her article Concussion/CTE Liability Before the NFL: Can Youth or High School Coaches Be Liable?​
  • 2019: Brandie Tartza for her article The SafeSport Act: Designed to Protect Olympic Athletes Medals
  • 2018: JJ Moore for his article Secrets, Lies, and the USA Gymnastics: USOC's Response

Joseph E. O'Neill Prize for Student Writing


2021 Winner Alex Zdunek

The Joseph E. O'Neill Prize was established by the law firm of Davis & Kuelthau, S.C. and the National Sports Law Institute to annually recognize a Marquette University Law School student who has published the best article in the Marquette Sports Law Review (formerly the Marquette Sports Law Journal) during the preceding year as judged by the Review's Advisory Panel. Recipients of the award are:

 

Marquette Sports Law Review Comment Competition Award

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2021 Winner Laurel Montag

Created by the Marquette Sports Law Review's 2012-2013 Editorial Board, the Marquette Sports Law Review Comment Competition Award is given annually to the member of the Sports Law Review who wrote the best overall student comment during the current academic year as judged by the Sports Law Review's Editorial Board

2021:Laurel Montag, for her article It’s (Not) All Par for the Course: An In-depth Analysis of the PGA’s Controversial Nonprofit Status," which will be published in Volume 32 of the Marquette Sports Law Review.

2020: Patrick Hankins, for his comment Here Comes a New Challenger! Esports and California AB 5​.

2019: Austin Malinowski,  for his comment The Adidas College Basketball Scandal and Its Aftermath30 Marq. Sports L. Rev. 243

2018: Geoff Estes, for his comment New Bargaining Order: How and Why Professional Wrestlers in the WWE Should Unionize Under the National Labor Relations Act

2017: Jonathan Walsh, for his comment Who Will Prevail, The United States Womens National Soccer Team Or The United States Soccer Federation?

2016:Jill Halverson for her comment Do Not Pass Go and Do Not Collect $200: How Nike's Monopoly on USATF Lowers the Price of Individual Sponsorship Deals and Violates Antitrust Laws in the Process, 27 Marq. Sports L. Rev. 171.

2015: Samuel Gurney, for his article Without Thanks to Richie Incognito: Should Employers Owe a Duty to Employees to Protect Against Psychological Harm from Status-Blind Bullying in the Workplace?26 Marq. Sports L. Rev. 37.

2014: Antwayne Robertson, II, for his article Internet Piracy of Sports Broadcasts: Finding the Solution in the United Kingdom and United States25 Marq. Sports L. Rev. 469.

2013: Matt Ludden, for his comment The Times They Are a Changin': Reforming the NCAA's Amateurism Bylaws to Achieve Consistency Among Collegiate, Olympic, and Professional Student-Athletes.

National Sports Law Student Writing Competition


2020 co-winners Breanna Moe & Mike Viverito

The goal of the National Sports Law Student Writing Competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics in sports law. Any law student in good standing who is currently attending an accredited law school within the United States and its territories may enter the competition. The winner of the writing award receives an invitation to attend the National Sports Law Institute's annual conference at no cost, and an offer to publish in an issue of the Marquette Sports Law Review. Complete details, including submission guidelines, can be found online here. Past award winners include

Anne Wall Brand Protection Award (ended 2017)

The Anne Wall Brand Protection Award was given from 2009 until 2017, to the J.D. or joint J.D./M.B.A. student at Marquette University who is judged to have written the best article on "sports brand protection." The winners of this award are listed below.

  • 2017: Katie Hill
  • 2016: Andrew Rissler
  • 2015: Candy Reyes & Lauren Rosenbaum
  • 2014: Christian Bray  Greg Hwa
  • 2013: Kyle Tompkins
  • 2012: Tim Bucher
  • 2011: Ari Sliffman
  • 2010: Will Rakestraw
  • 2009: Scott Chandler