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Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

About the Contest

The purpose of the Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest is to create greater interest in the field of family law among all law students, and particularly the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.

This annual contest, conducted by the ABA Section of Family Law, was established by the Toledo Bar Association and the Ohio Bar Foundation as a memorial to Howard C. Schwab, a Past President of the Toledo Bar Association and Past Chairman of the Family Law Committee of the Ohio Bar Association. He was Chairman-Elect of the Section of Family Law at the time of his death on February 24, 1969. In 1985, the Section of Family Law assumed full responsibility for sponsoring this contest.

Each year, the Section of Family Law's Schwab Essay Contest Committee judges eligible essays written by law students to determine first, second, and third-place winners, who are awarded monetary prizes, as well as publication of the winning entries on the Section’s website and possible inclusion in a future issue of the Section’s scholarly journal, the Family Law Quarterly.

Now Accepting Entries for the 2020 Contest!

Please read the contest rules and entry information carefully before drafting or submitting an essay, paying close attention to information about subject matter of essays, eligibility of contestents, and authorship.

View Contest Rules and Entry Information

Download Entry Form

Entry Procedure

  1. Download the Schwab Entry Form and fill it out.
  2. Return the completed entry form by e-mail to with Schwab Entry as the subject.
    Your completed entry form must be received by Friday, April 10, 2020, so we may assign you a number.  No submissions after April 10, 2020 will be accepted.
  3. The ABA will then e-mail you an electronic copy of the entry form with an assigned number.
  4. Place the assigned number in the upper right-hand corner of each page of the essay. (Contestant's name must not appear anywhere on the essays.)
  5. Send one (1) electronic copy of the essay and the completed entry form (with assigned number and your signature) to,  Subject: Schwab Essay Submission

    Please Note: We will only accept one (1) entry per author; we do not accept multiple submissions

    All entries must be e-mailed on or before April 24, 2020. Remember, in order to be assigned a number, you must send us your entry form by April 10, 2020. These dates must be strictly adhered to.

The ABA will confirm receipt of entries via e-mail.

Questions regarding the contest should be directed to the ABA Section of Family Law at 312-988-5145.

Contest Winners

Congratulations to the 2019 winners!

View Past Contest Winners