Thursday, December 4, 2008

20th Anniversary Video/Essay Competition:
ABA Commission on Women in the Profession

20th Anniversary Video/Essay Competition

Gender Diversity: Have we solved the problem? If not, where do we go from here?

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is now accepting video and essay entries from law students and young lawyers.


The contest is open to
(a) law students – all law students attending an ABA-accredited law school; and
(b) young lawyers – lawyers under 36 years old or admitted to practice for less than 5 years.


1. There will be one YouTube video winner and one essay winner in each category of law students and young lawyers.

2. Each winner will be presented with a $500 honorarium.


1. Subject: Each entry must address the following topic: Gender Diversity: Have we solved the problem? If not, where do we go from here?

2a. No joint entries: Joint entries submitted by a group of two or more people are not permitted and are void.
2b. Multiple entries: An individual may submit one entry in the video competition and one entry in the essay competition. Multiple entries in each competition by a single person are void.

3. Original work: Videos and essays must be original works created for purposes of this competition. Entries published elsewhere previously will not be accepted and are void.

4. Submissions:

4a. Videos: YouTube video entries are limited to three (3) minutes in length and must be uploaded to the YouTube contest submission site at Nothing in the videos shall identify the entrant.

4b. Essays: Essay entries must be submitted online as a Microsoft Word document no more than 600 words (actual text) or six (6) pages in length, double spaced, Times New Roman font, 12 point, with 1-inch top, bottom, and side margins. Footnotes are prohibited. Essays must be uploaded.

5. Deadline: Entries must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. Central Time on December 31, 2008. Entries submitted after that time will not be accepted.

6. Announcement of winners: The award-winning entries in each category will be announced during the 2009 American Bar Association Midyear Meeting in Boston, MA held from February 11-17, 2009.

7. Publication of winning entries: The award-winning entries will be published on the Commission’s web site following their announcement at the 2009 Midyear Meeting but no later than March 1, 2009.

For additional information on this great contest, go here.

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