November 30, 2001

Citizens Group Sponsors Essay/Scholarship Contest

San Diego County Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) announced it is sponsoring an essay/scholarship contest on the importance of personal responsibility in the civil justice system. Cash prizes in the amounts of $1000, $500 and $250 will be awarded to the top three finalists selected in this county-wide competition.

All junior and senior high school students in San Diego County are eligible to enter the contest by submitting a 3-5 page typed and double-spaced essay on the topic of: "Does Lawsuit Abuse Undermine Principles of Individual Responsibility?" The essay contest is open to any ability level student and the essayist is not required to be college bound.

"The focus of the essay contest is to get young people thinking about what kind of impact abusive lawsuits have on their pocketbooks, society and our economy. Our youth have been conditioned to look to lawsuits as the only way to solve even minor grievances," said Andy Kotner, President of San Diego CALA. "It is a well known phenomenon that abusive or frivolous lawsuits have become big business."

Students currently in their junior and senior year (11th & 12th grade) can obtain contest rules and essay guidelines by contacting their school counselors, scholarship coordinators, or by calling the CALA office at (619) 295-6059. All entries should be submitted to: CALA Essay Contest, 1761 Hotel Circle South, Suite #120, San Diego, CA 92108. Entries must be postmarked no later than February 22, 2002.

San Diego CALA is a bipartisan, nonprofit, grassroots, public education organization with over 8,000 supporters. CALA is dedicated to educating consumers about the human and financial costs of lawsuit abuse, and serves as a watchdog over the legal system and those who would seek to abuse it for undeserved gain.

For further information on the essay contest, contact the CALA office at (619) 295-6059.

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