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Announcing the ISBA Legal Ethics Essay Contest; Aug. 3 deadline

Wednesday, July 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Susan Ferrer
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Goals: To further the discourse on legal ethics in the profession generally and amongst Indiana law students and recent graduates in particular, and allow ISBA’s Legal Ethics Committee to continue assessing prevailing attitudes of those at the outset of their careers toward issues in professional responsibility.


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

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

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 Local & Specialty Bar Liaison Catheryne Pully ( no later than 11:59 a.m. (EDT) Friday, Aug. 3.

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

Prize: Winning essayist, in addition to receiving a $500 prize, will have the opportunity to have his or her essay 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 & the Discipline of Attorneys; Indiana Court of Appeals (for-publication or reclassified memorandum) decisions; or Indiana Supreme Court opinions. Essays are free, of course, to reference additionally the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct; rules and case law governing ethical conduct and professional responsibility in other U.S. jurisdictions; and exceedingly persuasive secondary sources.

Submissions will be judged by members of the ISBA Legal Ethics Committee. Inquiries may be forwarded to Catheryne Pully at

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