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ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest

Format: Writing Competition

Dates: 01/10/2019 - 02/15/2019

Sponsor: ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability

List Price: Free

ABA Member Price: Free

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Contest Rules

Sponsored by: ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and Long & Levit, LLP.
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 2019 contest is administered and judged by a subcommittee designated by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.

The prize is a cash award of $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to the Spring 2019 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Miami Beach, Florida, April 3-5, 2019.

The Assignment

The 2019 Contest Essay Hypothetical involves the ethical concerns arising where a U.S.-based IP law firm is asked by an existing client to help secure foreign patents and negotiate licensing contracts while also serving as an official licensor of the product.

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.

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