Overview

Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest
- Deadline & Information

Sponsored by: ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability and Long & Levit, LLP

The 2017 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest is now closed. Congratulations to Leslie Minora, a 3L student at Temple University, Beasley School of Law on her winning essay!

Please check back in December for the 2018 Contest Hypothetical and Deadlines. 

Prize:

* Cash award of $5,000.

* All-expense-paid trip to the Spring 2018 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, DC.

Sponsors

The Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest is conducted by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and the San Francisco law firm of Long & Levit LLP. The contest is administered and judged by a subcommittee designated by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.

The Assignment

The 2017 Contest Essay Hypothetical involved the ethical concerns arising under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct where a law firm seeks to affiliate itself with litigation funding companies, including undertaking representation of one such company and, in turn, recommending its services to the firm’s clients.

Contest Rules

Essay Requirements

Entries should be written as scholarly essays. All entries must be prepared for this contest and not previously published. Each entrant is required to assign to the ABA all rights, title and interest in the essay submitted. It is the policy of the ABA, however, to release all assigned rights in all but the winning essay.

Essays should not exceed 3,000 words, including quoted matter and citations. Footnotes are not permitted and citations should be incorporated into the main text.

Entrants may seek general feedback on their draft essays from professors, colleagues, and the like. An essay submitted to the competition, however, must be entirely the entrant’s own work product and may not be written or edited by any other person.

The essay should be typewritten, double-spaced on 8 1/2" x 11" pages. The number of words on each page should be entered on the bottom right hand corner of each copy. The total number of words should be entered on the last page. In computing the number of words, all articles and prepositions should be counted. Count numbers and abbreviations as words. For example F.2d = 1 word; 746 F.2d 619 = 3 words.

Complete and sign one of the paper entry forms (PDF or Word) or you can use the Online Contest Entry & Agreement Form, providing your full name, address and telephone number as indicated.

Identification

For identification, an entry number will be assigned on receipt of the entry, and the entrant will be advised of the number. One cover sheet showing the name, address and telephone number of the entrant, together with the entrant’s title for the entry, should be submitted with the essay. No identification other than the title should appear on the essays themselves. The cover sheet will be removed before the essay is read by the judges to assure objectivity in the judging process.

Eligibility

The contest is open to Young Lawyers Division or Law Student Division members of the ABA, in good standing according to the membership records of the Association. Excluded from the competition are previous winners; current ABA officers and members of the Board of Governors; employees of the ABA or its sections, divisions and committees; and officers and employees of the American Bar Foundation or the American Bar Endowment). Only one essay may be submitted by each entrant, and no co-authored essays will be accepted.

Judging

Essays will be judged by a subcommittee designated by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability and the San Francisco law firm of Long & Levit LLP, whose decision will be final and whose names cannot be divulged. The ABA and the judges reserve the right to award no prize.

National Legal Malpractice Conference

The winner of the contest will receive round-trip coach airfare to the American Bar Association Spring National Legal Malpractice, lodging for up to two nights during the conference, and will be a guest at conference meals and events.

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