Joshua D. Jaffee, a third year student at Barry Law, recently won first place in the national James E. Beckley writing competition, sponsored by the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association Foundation (PIABA).
Jaffee's essay, "Dodd-Frank: The Issue of Who Qualifies for Whistleblower Protection," focuses on an emerging controversy over the scope of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. At present, courts have divided over whether whistleblowers must report to the Securities and Exchange Commission to qualify for protection or whether they may report internally. Jaffee's essay argues that extending protection to internal reporters best achieves Dodd-Frank’s goals and coheres with the statute’s imperfect text.
“I couldn’t be more proud. This accomplishment showcases the incredible work done by our students,” said Leticia M. Diaz, Dean of Barry Law School.
Jaffee's win puts him in an elite group of alumni as in past years the Beckley competition has been won by students from Yale, Tulane, Pepperdine and Florida State.
The PIABA Foundation carefully reviews submissions through a blind process. The judges do not know the contestant’s identity or academic institution. Securities lawyers carefully review and assess entries for the quality of research and authority provided, clarity of the analysis, and technical quality. Jaffee first learned about the emerging issue in his securities regulation course with Barry Law Professor Benjamin P. Edwards. He decided to focus on the issue for his upper level writing project which Professor Edwards supervised as an independent study.
“The project was a pleasure to supervise because Joshua did an incredible amount of research to master the issues and refine his writing,” said Professor Edwards.
The first prize win includes a $1,000 cash prize, publication in the PIABA Bar Journal, and a flight to San Diego, Ca. to accept the award in person at the President’s Dinner at the PIABA annual meeting.
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