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ABA Antitrust Law Section Consumer Protection Essay Contest

Format: Writing Competition

Dates: 01/31/2022

Sponsor: ABA Antitrust Section
Consumer Protection Committee

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2022 The Harvey Saferstein Consumer Protection Student Essay Contest Announcement and Rules 

Calling all second-year and third-year law students with an interest in antitrust and consumer protection law! The American Bar Association (“ABA”) Antitrust Law Section (“Section”) Consumer Protection Committee (“Committee”) is hosting a student essay writing contest (“Contest”) for 2021-2022. Each contestant must follow the Official Rules and Additional Rules of the competition detailed herein.

Who: Eligible contestants include second-year and third-year students. Eligibility to participate in this Contest or to win prizes is limited to an individual who at the time of entry:

  • at least 21 years of age;
  • a legal resident of the United States;
  • 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 exploring a relevant and timely consumer protection issue. 

  • Entry form and essay should be submitted to Tiffany Goldston, Program Specialist, American Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section, via email at tiffany.goldston@america….
  • 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 2021 or the current academic year;
    • submitted in electronic format (Word or PDF);
    • a minimum of 10 pages in length,double-spaced, include 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) January 31, 2022 and will not consider any entry received after the due date and time. The winning essays—chosen by the Committee leadership— will be announced February 25, 2022.

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

The winner(s) will be notified by email by 11:59 PM (CST) February 28, 2022. The winner(s) must acknowledge and confirm agreement to the terms and conditions of winning the Contest no later than March 4, 2022. 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 March 4, 2022); (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 Committee will select three winners. First place will receive a cash scholarship of $5,000, plus complimentary registration (and travel expenses) to the ABA Antitrust Law Section ’s 70th Spring Meeting in Washington, DC. If the Spring Meeting is held virtually the winner will be invited to attend virtually, but no transportation costs will be awarded. If the Spring Meeting remains an in-person meeting, the winner will receive an amount, determined by the Committee, to defray transportation and accommodation cost. If the winner resides within the Washington, DC area, the ABA will defray local transportation costs. Second place will receive a cash scholarship of $3,000 and Third place will receive a cash scholarship of $2,000. 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 members 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, Antitrust Law Section, via email at tiffany.goldston@america….