Lazzari Memorial Prize
Our first annual law student writing competition.
The Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas announce the first annual law student writing competition for the Lazzari Memorial Prize. The Section will award the Lazzari Memorial Prize to the best student paper on one of the announced artist advocacy topics listed below.
The Lazzari Memorial Prize is a $1,000 cash prize paid to the author and publication of the winning paper in the Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Journal. The winning author also receives their membership facilitated into the Section, a complimentary registration for the 2022 Entertainment Law Institute and Bootcamp in Austin, recognition at the Institute, and an invitation to the Institute’s private speakers dinner in Austin. If needed, a travel stipend will be made available.
The Lazzari Memorial Prize is named for the late Cindi Lazzari, a Texas attorney who went far beyond the call of duty in her efforts to protect the rights of artists in the music industry.
Second and third-year students at ABA-accredited law schools in the State of Texas are eligible to enter. However, second-year students who receive awards may not compete in their third year.
The deadline for entering a paper in the competition is May 2 and the winner will be announced on June 1. Manuscript must be at least 5,000 words, including footnotes (no endnotes) but no longer than 10,000 words, double spaced and presented in the Century font. Copyright in the paper will be retained by the author.
If warranted, the Section may announce an “Honorable Mention” for one paper other than the winner.
This year’s topics are:
Does the Copyright Royalty Board work for songwriters?
Are comedians entitled to royalties for their writing on interactive streaming services?
What does Quentin Tarantino’s dispute with Miramax teach us about an artist’s right to sell NFTs?
Do the notice and takedown rules of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 USC ¨512) favor online services and burden artists or did Congress get it right?