Law student places second in national securities law writing competition

March 21, 2014 | News, UToday, Law
By Rachel Phipps

UT law student Anthony Sallah has won second place in a national writing competition sponsored by the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni (ASECA).



His second-place finish came with a $3,000 prize and an invitation to the ASECA annual dinner in Washington, D.C., last month.

The title of his winning paper is “Scheme Liability: Conduct Beyond the Misrepresentations, Deceptive Acts, and a Possible Janus Intervention.” The paper appeared as a student article in The University of Toledo Law Review in fall 2013.

“I’ve had the privilege of teaching Anthony in three classes during his time at UT and advising his student article for the Law Review,” said Professor Geoffrey Rapp. “He is, like so many of our students, bright, engaged, and headed for a wonderful legal career.”

Rapp added, “He selected one of the most challenging topics on which I’ve ever had a Law Review member write. He had to navigate a complex set of cases, unpacking several different doctrines in securities law. He did a wonderful job, as this award verifies, and I expect his paper to be influential on courts and the bar over the coming years.”

Sallah’s Law Review article already has been cited in a reply brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in SEC v. Big Apple Consulting USA.

Sallah said he enjoyed attending the ASECA dinner in Washington at the end of February. “The annual dinner features some of the most prominent persons in the U.S. securities arena, including past and current SEC Commissioners,” he said. “I felt privileged to have the opportunity to attend, and received constructive feedback on my paper from some of the brightest securities minds in the nation.”

During his time at the UT College of Law, Sallah served as note and comment editor for the Law Review and as a teaching assistant for Professor Katherine O’Connell’s legal research and writing course. He also interned with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Denver during the summer following his first year.

Sallah is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he majored in economics and minored in political science.

After graduation this spring, he will join the Cleveland office of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP.

Submissions to the ASECA’s annual writing competition may be on any topic in the field of securities law. Papers are screened by a panel of judges consisting of securities practitioners and law professors. The best papers are then submitted to the ASECA’s Board of Directors, which chooses the award winners.

The ASECA was founded in 1990 by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alumni. ASECA is a nonprofit organization whose membership is nearly 1,000 in the United States and abroad.

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