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John Marlow, 2L, on Engaging Start-ups: An ABA Good Works Competition Entry

Monday, May 9, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
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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.

Combining public 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 cause.”

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.

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