October 05, 2018

IP Committee Law Student Student Essay Contest

Calling all third-year law students with an interest in antitrust and intellectual property law!  The American Bar Association ("ABA") Section of Antitrust Law ("Section") Intellectual Property Committee ("Committee") is hosting a student essay writing contest ("Contest") for 2017-2018. Each contestant must follow the Official Rules and Additional Rules of the competition detailed herein.

Who:  Eligible contestants include third-year (full-time or part-time) law students expecting to receive their J.D. at the end of the 2018 academic year.  Eligibility to participate in this Contest or to win prizes is limited to an individual who at the time of entry is:

  • at least 18 years of age;
  • a legal resident of the United States; and
  • a student who is enrolled in a law school that is ABA-accredited, in each case, at the time of submission.
  • Contestant need not be a member of the ABA or the Section.
  • Limit 1 entry and prize per contestant.
  • Employees, officers, directors, contractors, agents and representatives of the ABA and their immediate families and household members are ineligible to enter the Contest.
  • The ABA's determination of eligibility, in its sole discretion, is final.

What:  Participants are required to submit an essay of a current issue of interest with implications for antitrust and intellectual property law. 

  • Entry form and essay should be submitted to Tiffany Goldston, Program Specialist, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, via email at tiffany.goldston@americanbar.org.
  • Entry form can be found here.
  • The ABA is not responsible for errors or for lost, late, or misdirected email, or telecommunication or hardware or software failures, including by reason of any bug or computer virus or other failure.   
  • Essays must be:
    • the original work of the entrant;
    • in the English language;
    • written during 2017-2018 or the current academic year;
    • submitted in electronic format (Word or PDF);
    • no less than 2500 words and no more than 4000 words including footnotes, with 12-point font and 1-inch margins; and
    • specifically written for this Contest; a law school class, seminar, or independent study; or a law review or journal note, comment, or article.
  • All entries are final. No revisions are accepted.
  • Please note: Entries that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified.

When:  The ABA will accept entries via email through midnight (CST) November 17, 2017, and will not consider any entry received after the due date and time. The winning essay—chosen by the Committee leadership—will be announced at the end of January 2018

The leadership of the Committee will judge all essays.  The decision of the judges is final.

The winner will be notified by email by 11:59 PM (CST) January 31, 2018. The winner must acknowledge and confirm agreement to the terms and conditions of winning the Contest no later than February 7, 2018. If a prize winner: (i) cannot be located (e.g., an email notification or prize is returned as undeliverable, or does not respond to an award email notification by February 7, 2018); (ii) is found to be ineligible (as determined solely by the ABA); or (iii) fails to execute an affidavit or other documentation as required by the ABA, the ABA may consider such prize winner to have forfeited the prize, and may, at its sole option, award the prize to another contestant.

The ABA reserves the right not to award any prize(s) if, in the ABA's sole judgment (based upon the Committee's recommendation), the quality of submitted entries does not merit award(s) or publication.

Why:  The winner will receive a cash scholarship of $1,500, plus free attendance (and travel expenses up to $1,000) to the ABA Antitrust Law Section's 2018 Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.  In addition, the top essay, along with a biography of the winning student, will be published in an ABA publication.

  • The Sponsors may substitute a prize of equal or greater value in its sole discretion. Prizes are non-transferable and cannot be substituted by the winner. Cash equivalent for prizes is not available. The ABA makes no warranties with regard to the prizes.
  • Winners will be solely responsible for reporting and payment of all taxes (federal, state, local or other) on prizes, which will include the value of any accommodations and airfare. Winners will be required to complete an IRS Form W-9, affidavit of eligibility, tax acknowledgment, publicity release (except where prohibited) and liability waiver. All forms must be completed and returned to the Section within 5 business days of receipt and prior to the delivery of any prize, or prizes will be considered forfeited and another winner may be named. 

Take advantage of this contest to get some cash in your pocket, network with your colleagues in the Antitrust Bar, and get your work published in a major ABA publication!  For more information, including how to apply, please review the additional rules below. Best of luck!

Applicants should send questions to Tiffany Goldston, Program Specialist, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, via email at tiffany.goldston@americanbar.org.

Odds of Winning: Chances of winning may vary depending on the number of entries. However, Sponsor reserves the right not to award any prize if the judges determine that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year.

After the Section has notified the prize winner, it will post the name of the winner on its website.

License/Grant of Rights:

  • By entering, the winning entrant consents to the publication of her/his entry by the ABA, understands that such publication is not guaranteed and is at the sole discretion of the ABA, and grants the ABA the following rights: (i) the exclusive worldwide right of first publication of their entry in any and all ABA media or form of communication; (ii) the non-exclusive worldwide right, in ABA's sole discretion, to use, transcribe, publish, reproduce, distribute, sell (as part of an ABA publication) or display the entry, alone or in conjunction with other materials;  (iii) the right to edit the essay to conform to the publication's standards of style, technological requirements, language, grammar and punctuation, provided the meaning of the essay is not materially altered; and (iv) the non-exclusive worldwide right to use the winner's name and likeness in connection with the essay or this Contest, in each case, without further compensation.
  • The winning entrant must execute a separate publication agreement giving the ABA the publication rights enumerated above and the right to use the article for any other purpose related to the ABA mission.
  • If the winner fails to sign the agreement within 5 days of receipt, the prize will be considered forfeited and another winner may be named.
  • By entering this Contest, contestant represents that his/her essay is original content.


Conditions of Participation
: By participating, each entrant agrees to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and releases and discharges the Sponsor, including but not limited to the ABA, the Section, any subsidiary and affiliated entities, and each of their respective officers, directors, members, employees, independent contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively "Released Parties) from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with this Contest, including, without limitation, legal claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages, demands or actions of any kind (including, without limitation, personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light) (collectively "Claims). Except where prohibited, acceptance of a prize constitutes a release by any winner of the Released Parties of any and all Claims in connection with the administration of this Contest and the use, misuse or possession of any prize. All entries submitted to the ABA become the property of the ABA and will not be returned; however, entrants who do not win may submit their entries for publication elsewhere.  All expenses involved in preparing and submitting an entry are the sole responsibility of the entrant. Sponsor is not responsible for errors or for lost, late, or misdirected mail or email, or telecommunication or hardware or software failures, including by reason of any bug or computer virus or other failure. Sponsor may cancel, modify or terminate the Contest if it is not capable of completion as planned, including by reason of infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure or technical difficulties of any kind.

Laws and Regulations: This Contest is governed by U.S. law and all relevant federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. By entering, all participants agree that the Contest shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois, that the courts of Illinois shall have exclusive jurisdiction, and that Cook County, Illinois shall be the venue for any dispute or litigation relating to or arising from the Contest. Void where prohibited by law.

Opt-Out Option: Any individual may elect to opt out of receiving future Contest mailings from the ABA by calling the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221.

Privacy Policy/Data Collection: Information provided by entrants in connection with this Contest is subject to the ABA's privacy policy available at http://www.americanbar.org/utility/privacy.html

Sponsor: The Contest is sponsored by the American Bar Association through its Section of Antitrust Law.

American Bar Association
Section of Antitrust Law
321 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL  60654-7598