The International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) will award prizes of $2,500 for each of the two best research papers written by students as part of their class work during the 2009-2010 school year. The awards will be announced at IAGA’s 2010 Gaming Law Conference in Washington, D.C., October 9-13, 2010. The awards honor the memory of Shannon Bybee, one of the IAGA founders, who had a distinguished career as a gaming attorney, state gaming regulator, gaming industry executive and pioneering educator in casino operations and gaming law. The awards are made possible by a grant from International Game Technology, the world’s largest gaming device manufacturer.
To be eligible for the award, submitted papers must:
—Be prepared as part of a student’s class word at an accredited law school during the 2009-2010 school year;
—Be submitted no later than August 10, 2010, to the Award Coordinator, Bob Faiss, by mail addressed to his attention at Lionel Sawyer & Collins, 300 South Fourth Street, Suite 1700, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101 or by email at rfaiss at lionelsawyer.com;
—Be accompanied by written confirmation from a law school instructor that the paper was written under the direction of that instructor; and
—Either enhance the understanding of gaming law or recommend a beneficial change in gaming law.
Also, the author of each submitted paper must agree that, if the paper is selected for the award, IAGA may publish the paper in an IAGA publication.
The papers may be of any length, but it is recommended they be between 3,000 and 5,000 words, exclusive of footnoting. Criteria for evaluation of the papers are:
—Quality of presentation
—Quality of footnoting
—Depth of research
—Novelty or importance of subject matter
—Value to gaming law practitioners or gaming control officials
—Value to the study of gaming law
Director of the 2010 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award is Peter Bernhard, Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission and a long-time professional colleague of Professor Bybee. Chairman of the Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award Committee is Morden (Cookie) Lazarus. Committee members are Greg Giordana, Rich Nathan, Tom Auriemma, Ray Pike and Ken Oettle. Anyone needing further information is asked to contact Bob Faiss at (702) 383-8839 or rfaiss at lionelsawyer.com.