October 24, 2014 (Norman, OK)  The 2014 James E. Beckley Writing Competition winners have been announced by The PIABA Foundation. "The judges continue to be impressed with the quality of the writing and depth of understanding of the issues presented in the Competition submissions," said Robin Ringo, Director. "Set to graduate from their respective Law Schools in May 2015, it is our honor to recognize the winning authors."

Pepperdine University School of Law student, Bryce Cullinane was awarded 1st Place, received a $1,000 stipend, and an invitation to attend the PIABA 23rd Annual Meeting in La Quinta, California where he was recognized by The PIABA Foundation. His paper, The Ponzi Scheme Conundrum – Why Four Hardship Exemptions Should Be Written Into Fraudulent Transfer Law, will appear in Volume 20, Issue 3 of the 2014 PIABA Bar Journal.

For her paper entitled, Is Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 a Strict Liability Offense?, University of Iowa College of Law student, Milly Dick, finished second and received a $750 stipend.

Syracuse University College of Law student, William Shotzbarger, finished in third place and received a $500 stipend for his paper, Business and Friendship Don’t Mix: The Government’s Expansion of Insider Trading Liability Under SEC Rule 10b5-2.

The PIABA Foundation would like to acknowledge and thank the contest judging team for their contributions to the selection process: Jason Kueser, Lees Summit, Missouri; Robert S. Banks, Jr., Portland, Oregon; Katrina Boice, Beverly Hills, California; Ryan Cook, Houston, Texas; and Joe Wojciechowski, Chicago, Illinois.  PIABA Bar Journal, Editor-in Chief, Michael Edmiston, Studio City, California, administered the contest.