GOALS: The goal of the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Student Writing Competition (“Competition”) is to encourage and reward law student writings on antitrust law and competition law subjects of general and current interest. As part of this effort, the ABA will sponsor the Competition which invites editors of law school publications to submit to the ABA Section of Antitrust Law published articles on a current topic dealing with antitrust law and consumer protection law. The Competition is designed to attract students to the antitrust law and consumer protection law field and to strongly encourage scholarship in these areas.
WHO MAY ENTER: Open to any law school student in good standing, over the age of 21, who is currently attending an ABA-accredited law school within the United States and its possessions, and who is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States. Officers, employees, and agents of the ABA and their immediate family or household members are not eligible to enter or win. Eligibility determinations will be made by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law; all decisions regarding eligibility are final.
ESSAYS: Entrants must submit an original article, which has already been published or which is scheduled to be published no later than March 31, 2018, on a current topic dealing with antitrust or consumer protection law. The Selection Committee will interpret the scope of the subject broadly to ensure that the Competition affords the greatest degree of flexibility in writing on these subject areas. Entrants are encouraged to submit subjects of national interest.
SPECIFICATIONS: Papers must be submitted electronically as an attachment to an email message addressed to Anthony.Nguyen@americanbar.org with the subject line, “Antitrust Writing Competition Entry”, formatted for standard, 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper, and double spaced. All margins must be one-inch. Essays must not exceed 50 pages double-spaced typed text, including footnotes. Only one essay may be submitted by each entrant.
ENTRIES: All expenses involved in preparing and submitting an entry are the entrant’s responsibility. Winners must relinquish all rights to the ABA to reproduce entries in any medium and without restriction. Entries will not be returned. Essays submitted must have been authored by the entrant, must have been written and published after January 1, 2016 or, if not yet published, must be scheduled to be published no later than March 31, 2018. All participants retain full copyright to their entries except that winners are required to license certain rights to the ABA (see below) as a condition of entry.
SUBMISSION: Entries must be submitted electronically in PDF format, as an attachment to an email message to Anthony.Nguyen@americanbar.org with the subject line, “Antitrust Writing Competition Entry”. PLEASE NOTE: The editor of the law school publication that published the entrant’s paper must complete and submit an official 2017-2018 Entry Form. The Entry Form should be printed, signed (digital signature also accepted), scanned and then attached to the email message which submits the writing competition entry. If the official Entry Form and required release are not fully completed, signed, and submitted with any entry, the entry will be disqualified. Proper submission of all required forms constitutes acceptance of all conditions set forth in these rules.
DEADLINE: Entries must be received by the Section no later than 5:00 pm CST, January 31, 2018.
JUDGING: The essays will be judged on the basis of research and analysis, choice of topic, writing style, originality, and contribution to the literature available on the topic. The winner will be selected in February 2018 by a panel of judges appointed at the discretion of the Section Chair.
SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS: The Section Director will notify the winners by email of their selection no later than March 1, 2018. The Section reserves the right not to award any prizes if it is determined that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year. If a potential winner does not respond within ten (10) business days after ABA’s first attempt to contact him or her, or if the contact is returned as non-deliverable, the potential winner forfeits all rights to be named as winner or receive a prize, and an alternate winner may be chosen.
PRIZES: The winner will receive $2,500 cash, a one-year free membership in the Section of Antitrust Law, and free round-trip airfare (if outside the Washington, DC area) and three nights’ accommodations to attend the Section’s Annual Spring Meeting, April 11-13, 2018 in Washington, DC (airfare, hotel accommodations, and luncheon ticket are valued at approximately $1,000). The winner will also be announced in an upcoming issue of Antitrust, the Section’s magazine, and Antitrust Source, the Section’s e-magazine. No substitutions for prizes will be permitted, except at the Section’s discretion. Winners must submit a completed W-9 to receive their cash prize. The full fair market value of the prize will be reported on a 1099. Winners are responsible for all taxes in connection with receiving a prize. Only one winner allowed per family or household. Duplicate prizes will be awarded in the event of a tie.
Download the complete Competition Rules.