Express Media Group Essay Competition

As the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease—which currently affects more than 5 million Americans—continues to rise, a growing number of teens are facing the realities of caring for a parent, grandparent or someone else with the illness. To provide these teens an outlet to express themselves, and financial assistance for their education, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America offers an annual college scholarship essay competition. The deadline to enter the competition—which is open to high school seniors who will enter a four-year accredited college or university within the next year—is February 15. Last year, AFA awarded $25,000 in scholarships.

AFA will award one grand prize of $5,000, with first and second-runner-up prizes of $2,500 and $1,000 each, respectively. Honorable mention prizes of $500 will also be awarded.

“More and more teens are taking on the responsibility of becoming a caregiver for a loved one. Some are considering working in the healthcare field. As teens experience the toll of the disease firsthand, they have a lot of thoughts and emotions to express,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and chief executive officer. “In addition, the expenses incurred by families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can impact their ability to pay for a college education. We are proud to offer these scholarships to relieve some of this burden.”

To enter the scholarship competition, college-bound high school seniors must submit a 1,200-1,500 word essay that demonstrates how Alzheimer’s disease has impacted their lives and what they have learned about themselves, their family and/or their community in the face of coping with the illness.

Applications may be submitted via the online application form or mailed to: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001, Attention: AFA Teens College Scholarship. Applications sent via U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than February 15.

To qualify, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must also enter a four-year accredited college or university within 12 months of the application deadline. Existing college students are not eligible to apply.

For more information about AFA Teens and to enter the scholarship competition, visit www.youngleadersofafa.org/ or call 866-232-8484.

About Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA):

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a non-profit organization that unites more than 2,600 member organizations nationwide in the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals living with dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a national, toll-free helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, educational conferences and materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers, the National Memory Screening Program, and “AFA Partners in Care” dementia care training for healthcare professionals. For more information about AFA, call 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Contest Overview

Sponsored by: ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability and Long & Levit, LLP

Deadline for Submission

ONLINE entries MUST be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on March 9, 2018.

MAILED entries MUST be postmarked by March 9, 2018.

Contest Mission

The contest encourages original and innovative research and writing in the area of legal malpractice law, professional liability insurance and loss prevention.

Prize

* Cash award of $5,000.

* All-expense-paid trip to the Spring 2018 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, DC.

Sponsors

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 2018 contest is administered and judged by a subcommittee designated by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability.

The Assignment

The 2018 Contest Essay Hypothetical involves the ethical concerns arising under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct where a law firm seeks to affiliate itself with litigation funding companies, including undertaking representation of one such company and, in turn, recommending its services to the firm's clients.

Contest Rules

Essay Requirements

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.

The essay should be typewritten, double-spaced on 8 1/2" x 11" pages. The number of words on each page should be entered on the bottom right hand corner of each copy. The total number of words should be entered on the last page. In computing the number of words, all articles and prepositions should be counted. Count numbers and abbreviations as words. For example F.2d = 1 word; 746 F.2d 619 = 3 words.

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

Identification

For identification, an entry number will be assigned on receipt of the entry, and the entrant will be advised of the number. One cover sheet showing the name, address and telephone number of the entrant, together with the entrant's title for the entry, should be submitted with the essay. No identification other than the title should appear on the essays themselves. The cover sheet will be removed before the essay is read by the judges to assure objectivity in the judging process.

Eligibility

The contest is open to Young Lawyers Division or Law Student Division members of the ABA, in good standing as of March 9, 2018 according to the membership records of the Association. Excluded from the competition are previous winners; current ABA officers and members of the Board of Governors; employees of the ABA or its sections, divisions and committees; and officers and employees of the American Bar Foundation or the American Bar Endowment. Only one essay may be submitted by each entrant, and no co-authored essays will be accepted.

Judging

Essays will be judged by a subcommittee designated by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability and the San Francisco law firm of Long & Levit LLP, whose decision will be final and whose names cannot be divulged. The ABA and the judges reserve the right to award no prize.

National Legal Malpractice Conference

The winner of the contest will receive round-trip coach airfare to the American Bar Association 2018 Spring National Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington DC,  lodging for up to two nights during the conference, and will be a guest at conference meals and events.

Additional Information

For further information, contact Marcia Yarbrough at marcia.yarbrough@americanbar.org or (312) 988-5763.

How to Submit Entries

Electronic Submissions

If you would like to submit your entry electronically, you will need to fill out and submit the Contest Entry & Agreement Form (Online) with your essay attached. Your essay should not exceed 2.5 MB and should be in one of the following formats: MS Word,  PDF, TXT, RTF, or HTML. Your entry must be submitted by 11:59 pm Central time on March 9, 2018.

Paper Submissions

If you would prefer to submit your entry by mail, you will need to download, print, and fill out one of our paper Contest Entry & Agreement Form (PDF or Word). The completed form and two copies of your essay should be mailed first-class, without folding, on or before March 9, 2018. U.S. Postal Service postmark will determine mailing date. The materials may also be sent via an express delivery service and shipped on or before March 9, 2018.

Entries should be mailed to:

American Bar Association
LPL Mendrzycki Essay Contest
ATTN: Marcia Yarbrough
FL 17
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654

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