November 12, 2018

Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition & Scholarship

2015 Rona R. Mears Writing Competition & Scholarship Award on Magna Carta and International Law

Competition Details

Competition Guidelines

Fall 2014 Rona R. Mears Writing Competition & Scholarship Award

The Section is delighted to announce that Ryan Farrell, a student at the John Marshall School of Law has won the Rona R. Mears Writing Competition & Scholarship Award for Fall 2014 on Russia and the Crimea. Ryan will receive an award certificate and a grand prize of $5,000.

Ryan who is a Section student member and involved in 9 Committees is co-mentored in his law school career by the Section’s Secretary/Operations Officer William B.T. Mock and the Section’s Year in Review Editor Mark Wojcik.

In addition to winning this year’s competition, Ryan is a John Marshall Distinguished Scholar which provides a full tuition academic scholarship. He is also the Staff Editor of the John Marshall Law Review and just completed a Judicial Externship in November 2014 with the Honorable Thomas V. Lyons, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago.

Lastly, Ryan who is a Black Belt Marshall Arts Instructor in his spare time was an exchange student at the Universitat Luzen in Switzerland in Spring 2014 and intends to become a Judge Advocate upon completing his law degree and passing the bar.

The 2015 Rona R. Mears Writing Competition will focus on the Magna Carta and will launch in January 2015 with a deadline for submission of Friday, March 20, 2015. For any questions about the Rona R. Mears Competition & Scholarship Award Program please contact Director of Membership Angela Benson at

Past Writing Competition Winners