John Marlow, 2L, submitted an entry in the ABA’s Law Student
Good Works Competition titled, "Engaging Start-ups: An Egalitarian
Agenda for a More Efficient Economy.” The competition asks students
to submit a plan to improve the world using lawyers. The winner then receives an award of $10,000 to implement that
plan. Marlow’s entry attempts to address the lack of knowledge in
starting a business through holding national and regional competitions to come up with the best start-up business plan.
His proposal recruits talented lawyers who are willing to share their accumulated wisdom on
best practices, pitfalls, and preparation for running a successful
business. Then there is a regional and
national competition to promote and write a business
plan using that information.
interest law and social entrepreneurship has been a focus of Marlow’s for the
past few years. "Getting accepted to UDC, whose stated mission is to represent
the legal interest of low-income DC residents, and being wholly inspired by
Barack Obama’s mandate for change has definitely instilled in me a sense of
responsibility towards big picture solutions,” said Marlow.
And while this is Marlow’s third
ABA competition, he was fortunate to have Associate Dean of Students Annamaria
Steward as his mentor for prior entries on negotiations and client counseling. With
that experience Marlow feels he is now able to compete at a higher level,
combining his interest in business law with serving the public. As Marlow said,
"I see this competition as an opportunity to match my interests with a good
You can read John Marlow’s full
proposal on Legal Prism. More information about the Law Student
Good Works Competition can be found on the ABA’s Facebook page.