Dougherty wins antitrust writing competition

Published: April 13th, 2009

Category: News

Spring break took an unexpected turn for Larry Dougherty (3L) 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 during his 1L summer for Professor William H. Page.

“Many people I met at the meeting knew of Professor Page’s scholarship and spoke highly of him,” Dougherty said.

Dougherty is editor- in chief of the Florida Law Review. After graduation he will clerk for U.S. Circuit Judge Charles R. Wilson of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Dougherty came to law school after serving as a reporter with the Pulitzer Prize-winning St. Petersburg Times for a decade. Dougherty’s last job for the newspaper was covering federal courts and agencies in Tampa. Dougherty 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.”

In 2000, Dougherty took his interest in the legal profession one step further by working as an investigator for the Tampa-based law firm James, Hoyer P.A. Dougherty investigated a narrow class of consumer cases, mostly involving financial disputes.

After arriving at UF Law in 2006, Dougherty, who graduated from Princeton University, was excited to be learning again after having worked for so long. Law school has served as an intellectual respite from the working world, he said.

Being older than many of his classmates has been both interesting and fun. Dougherty has even been referred to as ‘dad’ by one of his classmates.

“There’s something about being in school that makes you feel younger in experience no matter how old you are.”

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.”