Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Award Amount: $4,500

Number of Awards: 3

Deadline: September 15, 2017

Winner Announcement: November 1, 2017.

Brief Description:

The Delaware Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition in memory of late Bruce M. Stargatt, was a past president of the Delaware Bar Foundation and the Delaware State Bar Association. The program is open to law students who are enrolled in, and 2017 graduates of any American Bar Association accredited law school.

Host Institution:

The Foundation is a non-profit Delaware corporation, incorporated in 1981. The Foundation receives both IOLTA and non-IOLTA funding which support the two sides of its operations.  The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors of 12 members serving four-year terms, one of whom is always a justice of the Delaware Supreme Court.


The competition is open to:

  • Students enrolled in, and 2017 graduates of any American Bar Association accredited law school,
  • Individuals who have registered for or have taken the 2017 Delaware Bar Examination,
  • W clerks currently employed by a member of the Delaware judiciary, and
  • Delaware attorneys admitted for no more than five years

Instructions for Applying:

To apply, the applicant must write a paper on the following topic:

Writing Topic: In keeping with Bruce Stargatt’s keen interest in legal writing and the ethical practice of law, we invite scholarly papers concerning ethical issues in the practice of law. Beyond this general description, the precise issue to be dealt with is at the author’s discretion.

Writing Paper Rules:

  • A cover page that includes the author’s name, contact information and eligibility to enter the competition should be included with the paper at the time of submission.
  • The length of the paper should not exceed 2500 words, including the title page, body, footnotes, figures and tables if any. The Delaware Bar Foundation reserves the right to edit papers for publication due to space constraints when necessary.
  • No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered. However, papers written for course credit will be considered as long as they have not been published.
  • Each paper must be the original work of the submitting author. The author must execute and submit to her/his paper the License Agreement attached hereto.
  • Citations should be in standard Bluebook form

Submitting Details:

Papers must be submitted electronically to

Award Description:

  • Cash prizes of $3000, $1000 and $500 will be awarded to the top three papers.
  • The first place paper will be published in “Delaware Lawyer” magazine (a publication of the Delaware Bar Foundation, distributed quarterly without charge to all members of the Delaware Bar).
  • The author of the first place paper will be invited to receive his or her prize at the Delaware State Bar Association/Delaware Bar Foundation seminar in Wilmington in the fall of 2017

Detailed Information Link:

Contact Information:

If you have any question, Direct to Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition, Delaware Bar Foundation, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 106, Wilmington, DE 19801, or 302-658-0773, or