Robert Botkin (JD ’18) places second in national Securities Law writing competition

Photo of the Transactional Law Competition winners posing with Dean Reynolds and Professor Alan Palmiter in front of the fireplace in the Law Commons.

Robert Botkin (JD '18) (far right blue tie, white shirt) is shown here with the other members of the winning Transactional Law Competition team and Dean Suzanne Reynolds and Professor Alan Palmiter.

Robert Botkin (JD ’18) has placed second in the 2017 James E. Beckley Writing Competition for his paper titled, “FINRA and the Developing Appointments Clause Doctrine.”

The James E. Beckley Writing Competition is a national Securities Law writing competition conducted by the PIABA Foundation, an organization that promotes investor education. Botkin received a $750 stipend, according to competition organizers.

Botkin’s article discusses competing theories of accountability for the fourth branch of government agencies — that, on one hand, agencies are accountable to the President and, therefore, are agents of an elected principal, or that the agencies are legislative bodies that should be accountable to the interest groups represented in the regulatory process.  Botkin focuses on the Appointment Clause, which he describes as “one of the most interesting aspects of political philosophy because of the interplay between the fundamental ideals of separation of powers and interdependency.”

Botkin is a staff member on the Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law, one of the school’s three legal journals, which is publishing the paper. Furthermore, Botkin will also have a paper titled, “For-Profit Colleges: An International Regulatory Comparison,” published by the Florida State University Business Review.

In October 2017, Botkin along with Avery Barber (JD ’19) and Jay Sipe (JD ’19) were the overall team champions in the 2017 Wake Forest Transactional Law Competition, a student-designed event that was sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson.

Botkin, a graduate of Florida State University where he earned a bachelor’s in economics, studies various types of business-related law, including anti-trust, banking regulation and securities regulation.  He has worked with the 15th circuit court, Merrill Lynch and Shalloway & Shalloway.  He was also a Honors Legal Intern in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, where he worked in the Office of the Chief Counsel.