Dougherty wins antitrust writing competition

Spring break took an unexpected turn for Larry Dougherty (JD 09) when he got a telephone call saying he’d won a national law student writing competition sponsored by the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association. “It was stunning news,” said Dougherty. “I’d submitted an entry but never expected to hear anything about it.”

The award came with $2,000 and an expenses-paid trip to the section’s annual spring meeting in Washington, D.C. “It’s the big get-together for antitrust practitioners,” Dougherty said. “I met leading lawyers, circuit judges, and economists. It was a great experience.”

Dougherty’s winning entry was his published law review note, which dealt with a newer theory of personal jurisdiction in antitrust cases. The note stemmed from research he’d done for Professor William H. Page during his 1L summer.

During his third year of law school, Dougherty served as editor in chief of the Florida Law Review. He is now clerking for U.S. Circuit Judge Charles R. Wilson of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Dougherty entered law school as a non-traditional student following his first career as a reporter with the Pulitzer Prizewinning St. Petersburg Times. Dougherty’s last beat for the newspaper was covering
federal courts and agencies in Tampa. He fondly recalls the experience, which he feels started him on the path to law school.

“The federal courthouse always had interesting cases going on,” Dougherty said. “I was learning more about the cases than I needed to for the stories I wrote.” Looking back on his success in law school, Dougherty is more grateful to no one more than his wife, Taylor Ward.

“If you think reading a torts book is hard, dealing with young children when your husband isn’t around is harder. We’re both very excited that we’re almost at the end of this part of the journey,” he said.