THE PHIL COWAN
Law students, take note of this publishing and scholarship
opportunity: The Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York
State Bar Association (EASL), in partnership with BMI, the world’s largest
music performing rights organization, has established the Phil Cowan
Memorial/BMI Scholarship! Created in
memory of Cowan, an esteemed entertainment lawyer and a former Chair of EASL,
the Phil Cowan Memorial/BMI Scholarship fund offers up to two awards of $2,500 each on an annual basis in Phil Cowan’s
memory to a law student who is committed to a practice concentrating in one or
more areas of entertainment, art or sports law.
The Phil Cowan Memorial/BMI Scholarship has been in effect
since 2005. It is awarded each year at
EASL’s Annual Meeting in January in New York City.
Each Scholarship candidate must write an original paper on any
legal issue of current interest in the area of entertainment, art or sports
The paper should be twelve to fifteen pages in length
(including Bluebook form footnotes),
double-spaced and submitted in Microsoft Word format. PAPERS LONGER THAN 15 PAGES TOTAL WILL NOT BE
CONSIDERED. The cover page (not part of the page count) should
contain the title of the paper, the student’s name, school, class year,
telephone number and email address. The
first page of the actual paper should contain only the title at the top,
immediately followed by the body of text.
The name of the author or any other identifying information must not
appear anywhere other than on the cover page. All papers should be submitted to designated
faculty members of each respective law school.
Each designated faculty member shall forward all submissions to his/her
Scholarship Committee Liaison. The Liaison,
in turn, shall forward all papers received by him/her to the three (3)
Committee Co-Chairs for distribution.
The Committee will read the papers submitted and will select the
The Competition is open to all students – both J.D. candidates and L.L.M. candidates -- attending eligible
law schools. “Eligible” law schools mean
all accredited law schools within New York State, along with Rutgers University
Law School and Seton Hall Law School in New Jersey, and up to ten other
accredited law schools throughout the country to be selected, at the
Committee’s discretion, on a rotating basis.
Membership to EASL:
All students submitting a paper for consideration will
immediately and automatically be offered a free membership in EASL (with all
the benefits of an EASL member) for a one-year period, commencing January 1st
of the year following submission of the paper..
- December 12th:
Law School Faculty liaison submits all papers she/he receives to
the EASL/BMI Scholarship Committee
- January 15th:
EASL/BMI Scholarship Committee will determine the winner(s)
The winner will be
announced, and the Scholarship(s) awarded at EASL’s January Annual Meeting.
of EASL/BMI’s Scholarship Committee:
The Scholarship Committee is composed of the current Chair of
EASL and, on a rotating basis, former
EASL Chairs who are still active in the Section, Section District
Representatives, and any other interested member of the EASL Executive
Committee. Each winning paper will be published in the EASL Journal and will be
made available to EASL members on the EASL website. BMI reserves the right to post each winning
paper on the BMI website, and to distribute copies of each winning paper in all
media. The Scholarship Committee is willing to waive the right of first
publication so that students may simultaneously submit their papers to law
journals or other school publications. In addition, papers previously submitted and
published in law journals or other school publications are also eligible for
submission to The Scholarship Committee.
The Scholarship Committee reserves the right to submit all papers it
receives to the EASL Journal for
publication and the EASL Web site. The
Scholarship Committee also reserves the right to award only one Scholarship or
no Scholarship if it determines, in any given year that, respectively, only one
paper, or no paper is sufficiently meritorious.
All rights of dissemination of the papers by each of EASL and BMI are
Payment of Scholarship funds will be made by EASL/BMI directly
to the law school of the winner, to be credited against the winner’s account.
BMI is an American performing rights organization that
represents approximately 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers
in all genres of music. The non-profit
making company, founded in 1940 collects license fees on behalf of those
American creators it represents, as well as thousands of creators from around
the world who chose BMI for representation in the United States. The license fees BMI collects for the “public
performances” of its repertoire of approximately 7.5 million compositions are
then distributed as royalties to BMI-member writers, composers and copyright
the New York State Bar Association / EASL:
The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the
official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest
voluntary state bar association in the nation.
Founded in 1976, NYSBA programs and activities have continuously served
the public and improved the justice system for more than 125 years.
The more than 1,500 members of the Entertainment, Arts and
Sports Law Section of the NYSBA represent varied interests, including headline
stories, matters debated in Congress, and issues ruled upon by the courts
today. The EASL Section provides
substantive case law, forums for discussion, debate and information-sharing,
pro bono opportunities, and access to unique resources including its popular
quarterly publication, The EASL Journal.