April 17, 2015 | Source: American Bar Association

Northern Illinois University law student wins ABA professional liability writing award

Northern Illinois University law student wins ABA professional liability writing award « ABA News Archives

Rikkilee Moser, a second-year student at the Northern Illinois College of Law, won the 2015 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest, sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and the San Francisco law firm of Long & Levit.

The winning essay from Moser (pictured above, second from left) was a legal memorandum to a hypothetical law firm management committee addressing the liability issues arising from the breach of the law firm’s computer network and the subsequent leaking of a client’s confidential information. Her essay and the contest hypothetical are available at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/lawyers_professional_liability/awards.html.

In addition to receiving the contest’s $5,000 cash award, Moser was a guest of the standing committee at the ABA’s Spring Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, D.C.

Pictured with Moser are (from left): James Brown, Chair of the Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability; Catherine Mendrzycki, wife of the late Ed Mendrzycki, for whom the contest is named; and Joseph P. McMonigle, partner, Long & Levit LLP. The Long & Levit firm helps judge the competition and provides the $5,000 cash award.

Open to members of the ABA Law Student and Young Lawyers Divisions, the contest recognizes outstanding legal essays on a predetermined topic. It is named in memory of Edward C. Mendrzycki, a lawyer who earned a national reputation for excellence for his ground-breaking work with Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society (ALAS). As a partner with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Ed served as outside counsel to ALAS, and his experience as a successful trial lawyer helped to lay the foundation for ALAS’s claims operation, including assessment, reserving, and the development of strategies for resolving and defending actions brought against ALAS member firms.

The ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability provides statistics and other information on legal malpractice claims, malpractice insurance, and malpractice prevention.

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