ULCT Youth Essay Contest
Encourage 4th and 7th grade students in your community to participate in the 2017-18 essay contest! See the following forms for important information about this year’s contest.
Essay Suggested Lesson Plan
The Utah League of Cities and Towns is pleased to announce the winners for the 2016-17 essay contest “Why I Like My Community.”
Each year the League invites all Utah students from 4th and 7th grade to write an essay about the attributes of their respective communities and participate in the contest. As these students have spent the year studying state history as part of the social studies curriculum, it’s a wonderful opportunity for them to evaluate the things they value about the city or town in which they reside. Teachers from every school then select one essay per class for submission to the contest. After a team professional educators reads all submissions, three winning essays are selected from each grade.
The winners are as follows:
- First Prize: Benjamin Sorenson, Gunnison Valley Middle School, Gunnison
- Second Prize: Noelle Condie, Gunnison Valley Middle School, Gunnison
- Maria Hilton, Canyon View Jr. High, Orem
- First Prize: Fred Philpot, Muir Elementary, Bountiful
- Second Prize: Sophie Arnold, Highland Elementary, Highland
- Third Prize: Tanner Richardson, Reading Elementary (Centerville), Farmington
Both the students and their respective schools have been awarded the following cash prizes:
- First Prize: Student $100 School $1,000
- Second Prize: Student $75 School $750
- Third Prize: Student $50 School $500
The 2017 ULCT “Why I Like My Community” essay contest is made possible through a contribution from Maverik, a sponsor of the Utah League of Cities and Towns. Maverik’s commitment to the community and desire to acknowledge the talented youth living in our cities and towns makes it possible to provide a much-needed financial contribution to our local schools.
7th Grade Winners
First Prize: Benjamin Sorenson, Gunnison Valley Middle School, Gunnison
Second Prize: Noelle Condie, Gunnison Valley Middle School, Gunnison
Maria Hilton, Canyon View Jr. High, Orem
4th Grade Winners
First Prize: Fred Philpot, Muir Elementary, Bountiful
Second Prize: Sophie Arnold, Highland Elementary, Highland
Third Prize: Tanner Richardson, Reading Elementary (Centerville), Farmington
We encourage you to share the “hometown pride” held by members of your community by inviting principals, teachers and students in your to participate in the 2018 ULCT Essay contest.
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.
The contest encourages original and innovative research and writing in the area of legal malpractice law, professional liability insurance and loss prevention.
* Cash award of $5,000.
* All-expense-paid trip to the Spring 2018 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, DC.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For further information, contact Marcia Yarbrough at email@example.com or (312) 988-5763.
How to Submit Entries
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.
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
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654