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GOALS: To (1) further the discourse on legal ethics in the profession generally, and amongst Indiana law students and recent graduates in particular, and (2) allow ISBA’s Legal Ethics Committee to continue assessing prevailing attitudes of those at the outset of their careers towards issues in professional responsibility.




Eligibility: The contest is open to: (1) all Indiana law school current enrollees and recent graduates (i.e., received J.D. or LL.M. degree within the last year); (2) attorneys within their first three (3) years of practice; and (3) paralegals with five (5) years (or less) work experience.


Length: Overall essay must not exceed 2,000 words (including end notes).


Topic: Participants are free to write on any topic of interest to them (or to the legal community as a whole).


Deadline: All essays are to be electronically submitted, in Microsoft Word format, to ISBA Director of Outreach & Partnerships Catheryne Pully ( no later than 11:59 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time Friday, August 3, 2018.


Winner: Committee members charged with judging submissions will award the 2018 title to the top response. Winner will be contacted by e-mail.


Prize: Winning essayist, in addition to receiving a $500 prize, will have the opportunity to have their piece considered for publication in Res Gestae – ISBA’s official journal, with statewide readership among legal practitioners numbering in the thousands.




1. Essays are to be typewritten, using either Times New Roman or Book Antiqua font, 12-point type.


2. Essay text is to be double-spaced, with one-inch margins on either side.


3. Essay pages are to be lower-right numbered, complete with author’s name.


4. Essay notes and citations are to be entered using the Bluebook legal style.


5. Essays are to reference at least one of the following legal authorities: the Indiana Rules    of  Professional Conduct; the Indiana Rules for Admission to the Bar and the Discipline of   Attorneys; Indiana Court of Appeals (for-publication or reclassified memorandum) decisions; Indiana Supreme Court opinions. Essays are free, of course, to additionally reference: American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct; rules and case law governing ethical conduct and professional responsibility in other United States jurisdictions; exceedingly persuasive secondary sources.


 ISBA Legal Ethics Essay Contest Poster

 About Legal Ethics Committee


The Legal Ethics Committee seeks to raise the Bar’s ethical standards, promote the Bar’s ethical awareness, and clarify the Bar’s ethical responsibilities, all in accordance with the rules of the Supreme Court of Indiana.

The Committee issues formal written opinions from time to time, either in response to specific inquiries from Indiana State Bar Association members, or as a result of its determination that an opinion on the particular topic would be useful. Those formal opinions shall be upon questions of first impression in Indiana and other matters warranting general circulation in the judgment of the Committee. The Committee also provides informal ethical guidance via a telephone panel staffed by its own volunteers.  Finally, the Committee works with the Association and its constituent sections and committees to produce educational programming on professional responsibility issues.



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 Steven Badger

 Vice Chair
 Cathy Canny

Staff Liaison

 Catheryne E. Pully
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