Sports Law Student Writing Competitions, Scholarships and Awards

Anne Wall Brand Protection Award (ended 2017) | Anne Wall "Ethics in Sports Law" Award |  Janis Doleschal "Risk Management in Sport Writing Competition and Award" | Joseph E. O'Neill Prize for Student Writing | National Sports Law Student Writing Competition | 

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, PGIP Enforcement Intern, NCAA.
  • 2016: Andrew Rissler, Los Angeles, CA.
  • 2015: Candy Reyes, Contracts Specialist, Leerfield, Los Angeles, CA, & Lauren Rosenbaum, Associate, SmithAmundsen, Milwaukee, WI.
  • 2014: Christian Bray, Assistant Athletic Director/SWA, Director of Compliance, Yale University, New Haven, CT, and Greg Hwa.
  • 2013: Kyle Tompkins, Associate Attorney, Hasselberg Grebe Snodgrass Urban & Wentworth, Peoria, IL
  • 2012: Tim Bucher, Corporate Attorney, Uline, Milwaukee, WI.
  • 2011: Ari Sliffman, Associate, Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 2010: Will Rakestraw, Staff Attorney, Wisconsin Public Defenders Office, Milwaukee, WI.
  • 2009: Scott Chandler, Associate, Anselmo Lindberg Oliver LLC, Chicago, IL .

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

2019 winner Brandie Tartza, Associate Dean Vada Lindsey, and Prof. Matt Mitten

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:

  • 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?

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

2019 winner Brandie Tartza, Janis Doleschal and Professor Matt Mitten

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:

  • 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

Atty. Brian Randall, Taylor Brisco, and Prof. Matt Mitten

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:

National Sports Law Student Writing Competition


2015 co-winners Pamela Bass and Darius Love, and NSLI Director, Professor Paul Anderson 

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