Daniel T. Murphy Student Writing Competition

The Annual Daniel T. Murphy Student Writing Competition is open to all law students attending any ABA accredited law school.  The competition is named for Professor Daniel T. Murphy who was with the University of Richmond School of Law from 1976 until his retirement in 2012. As the cornerstone of international law at Richmond, the Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business chose to name this competition after him to honor the years of extraordinary work and dedication he has put forth to the students, the school, and our Journal. The Daniel T. Murphy Student Writing Competition is intended to foster knowledge and scholarly work by students on timely issues that stand at the tangency of the business and legal worlds or that spread across national borders.

Risky Reform: A Global Survey of Financial Regulation Efforts to End a Crisis

This year’s topic addresses the looming domestic and international financial regulation in the wake of the worldwide economic crisis. It focuses how the emerging proposals for financial regulation have influenced the current crisis in the European Union. The EU, for example, faces many challenges having financial structure in place encompassing multiple countries, with each individual country having a unique financial system. How closely can the EU monitor national budgets and demand change? What is the role of the Securities and Exchange Commission with regard to regulating EU countries when they enter U.S. markets?

Indeed, in the wake of the financial crisis, sweeping reforms to financial regulation have been proposed and some countries and governments have already begun to implement them. This topic encourages students to investigate these efforts, their context, and their impact. All entries must pertain to timely legal issues concerning financial regulation in the U.S. or abroad, or the relationship between the two.

Authors are expected to review and analyze the topic material within their written work. Entries focused more generally on areas of global law and business will be considered, but preference will be given to those that address the topic substantively.

Submission Deadline: TBD


1st place: $300 cash award; publication in the Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business’s Annual Survey issue

2nd place: $150 cash award

3rd place: $75 cash award


Submission Procedures

  1. All interested MUST email the Annual Survey Editor to request an anonymous submission number. Please place “Anonymous Number Request” in the subject line.
  2. Students must mail TWO copies of their submission to:

Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business

University of Richmond School of Law

28 Westhampton Way

University of Richmond, VA 23173

  1. Students who attend the University of Richmond School of Law may choose hand deliver their work. A drop box will be located outside the Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business office during the week leading up to the due date. Any submission prior to that may be placed in the folder of the Annual Survey Editor.
  2. Each submission must contain a cover page containing the anonymous number of the author. The anonymous number must be included on each page of the submission. DO NOT place your name or school anywhere on the submission.
  3. Entries must be postmarked by January 18, 2013.


The Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business requires that all submitted entries conform to the following guidelines:

  1. All law students of an ABA accredited law school are eligible;
  2. Entries which have been submitted for a class are acceptable; however, any such entry must not have been extensively edited by a professor or other teaching assistant;
  3. Co-authorship is acceptable; all authors must be jointly identified when requesting an anonymous number. Any alteration to the authorship must be given to the Annual Survey Editor;
  4. All entries must be between 20 and 30 pages in length (including citations), double spaced, and must be original, unpublished academic work of the person submitting the entry;
  5. All entries must be in 12 point, Times New Roman font, and must have default one-inch margins all around;
  6. Pages must be numbered;
  7. Citations must be in footnote format and be accordance with the rules of The Bluebook, A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition;
  8. The Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business reserves the right to decline to publish any submitted entry, and also reserves the right to publish more than one submitted entry.