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GP writing competition entries due March 12
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GP writing competition entries due March 12

The General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section is sponsoring a writing competition. This year's Solo & Small Firm Conference will focus on the "Small Firm Revolution: Embrace. Adapt. Compete." Entrants should submit an essay that focuses on how solo and small firm attorneys need to embrace technology, adapt their existing procedures to be more efficient, and how to compete in the marketplace, especially when faced with nonlawyer service providers. Entrants might choose to focus on changes in the legal profession due to technology, ways to compete against nonlawyer legal service providers, the unbundling of legal services or embracing the benefits of practice management software.



The competition is open to any current member of the ISBA GP, Solo & Small Firm Section. 


Original unpublished work

Only unpublished work is eligible for this competition, and entrants must verify when submitting their entry that it is their own, original, unpublished work. Previous publication is considered to include on or in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, electronic magazine, personal blog, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. 



The winner will be officially notified by email or phone, and the winning entry, if any, will be considered for publication in Res Gestae. The winner will also be awarded a scholarship to the ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference, which includes registration and two nights at the French Lick Resort.


Express agreement

Entry is taken to be express agreement to all competition rules by participants.


Number of entries

One entry per author.



800-1,000 words, and the word count will be adhered to rigorously.



Print entries must be typed in English and double-spaced. A separate cover page that contains the title of the entry, the author's name and contact information must accompany each entry.


Submission & due date

All submissions should be emailed to the GP, Solo & Small Firm Section chair, Dana Zivkovich, at in Word and PDF format. You will receive email confirmation of your submission from Dana. If you do not receive email confirmation, please contact Dana at 219/232-4888 to confirm your submission was received. The deadline for submission is March 12. The winner will be announced March 30. 

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