November 29, 2012 - Temple Law student Steven Silver '13 has
been selected to receive the 2012 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award
from the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) for
his paper, "The Curious Case of Convenience Casinos." Silver, who
worked before law school as a reporter for the Las Vegas Sun, wrote
the article to examine how courts and legislatures in various
states have addressed the hidden industry of Internet sweepstakes
cafés, which operate in a gray area between unlawful gambling and
legitimate business promotions.
"With 3,000 to 5,000 convenience casinos in the U.S.
representing a $10-15 billion industry, the stakes are high,"
explains Silver in his abstract. "Does a state regulate the
sweepstakes cafes and allow them to compete with traditional
bricks-and-mortar casinos or does it craft new gaming statutes to
ban the sweepstakes?" Silver explores the growing thicket of
conflicting court opinions before proposing a free market approach
to legalizing and regulating the highly profitable industry.
Silver was advised by Professor Ed Ellers, an authority on
gaming law. "Steve has done an outstanding job identifying
and addressing the legal and other issues in play with respect to
convenience casinos," remarked Ellers. "This is a cutting
edge issue in gaming law, and Steve has advanced a thoughtful
proposal for its resolution."
The IAGA committee responsible for judging submissions to the
competition found Silver's paper to be of "outstanding merit." The
version of the paper submitted for the competition will be
published online at http://www.theiaga.org/web/guest/scholarship,
and the full length version will be published in January by the
John Marshall Journal of Computer and Information Law.