Ethics and Professionalism Essay Competition

Friday, February 9, 2018
Award Amount: 

First Prize: $1,500; Second Prize: $1,000

The competition to open to all full-and part-time students enrolled in a JD or LLM program at an ABA-accredited law school. The law school is not required to be located in Ohio.

A. Submission
Each contestant will electronically submit two documents to the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association at 1) The completed submission form in .pdf format.
2) The contestant’s essay in Word format. All essays must be submitted on or before February 9, 2018.
B. Topic
The topic for the essay is:
The Ohio Bar Examination application requires an applicant to provide information regarding the applicant’s criminal convictions and expungements. (See Gov. Bar. R.I, Sec. 11(D).) In college, an applicant was convicted of a crime. On appeal, the Supreme Court found that the statute under which the applicant was convicted violated the constitutional right to free speech (e.g., protesting an elected official) and overturned the conviction. Is the applicant required to disclose the
overturned conviction on the Bar Examination application? Why or why not?