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Sobo & Sobo, LLP Scholarship Essay Contest

Sobo & Sobo, LLP, a law firm focused on providing superior legal assistance to the injured, is proud to present the attached essay contest.

I. Eligibility:

  • The participant must be in her or his final year of a publicly funded high school.
  • The participant must attend one of the following high schools: Chester High School, Cornwall High School, Eldred High School, Ellenville High School, Fallsburg High School, Goshen High School, Highland High School, Kingston High School, Liberty High School; Livingston Manor High School, Marlboro High School, Middletown High School, Millbrook High School, Minisink High School, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Monticello High School, New Paltz High School, Newburgh Free Academy, James I. O'Neill High School, Pine Bush High School, Port Jervis High School, Poughkeepsie High School, Red Hook High School, Rondout High School, Roscoe High School, S.S. Seward Institute, Sullivan West High School, Tri-Valley High School, Valley Central High School, Wallkill High School, Warwick High School, and Washingtonville High School.
  • The participant must enroll in either a two-year or four-year college/university immediately after graduation from high school.
  • The participant must have an interest in pursuing a career in the legal profession.
  • The participant must use the scholarship funds towards any college-related expenses, such as tuition, books, meals, travel, or room and board.

II. Requirements

  • The participant must submit an essay of 500-750 words, double spaced with at least 12 point font.
  • Sobo & Sobo, LLP encourages the essay be personally delivered to one of its three main office locations located at:
    • Sobo & Sobo, LLP, 1 Dolson Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940
    • Sobo & Sobo, LLP, 744 Broadway, Newburgh, NY 12550
    • Sobo & Sobo, LLP, 219 Church Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
    • If the participant is unable to personally deliver the essay, the essay can be mailed to Sobo & Sobo, LLP, 1 Dolson Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940.
  • Any entrant that has Facebook profile must "like" the Sobo & Sobo, LLP page.
  • Each essay must begin with the participant's legal name, date of birth, main phone number, mailing address, personal email address (if any), and name of public school attended.
  • Conversation with others about the essay and essay topic is encouraged, but the essay submission must be the sole product of the participant. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in disqualification.
  • One essay is permitted per student.
  • All essays must be received no later than by the close of business on March 31, 2016.
  • The essays will be judged upon many criteria, including, but not limited to, creativity of thought, quality of support of any opinion, clarity of expression, form, grammar, depth of research, if any, and overall presentation.
  • Of the essays received, five essays will be chosen for final consideration. The participants of the five chosen essays will have a brief, approximately 15 minute question and answer session with members of Sobo & Sobo, LLP at a mutually acceptable time.


Remember: Each essay must begin with the participant's legal name, date of birth, main phone number, mailing address, email address (if any), and school name. Good luck!

Harvey Meaker has several learning challenges. He has advanced dyslexia and a noticeable speech impediment. He is also undersized: he is a senior at Pleasantville High School, but is only 5'2" tall, and weighs 127 pounds.

Harvey has been teased throughout his high school days. One student in particular, Chester Grimm, has been particularly harsh on Harvey. Chester calls Harvey "Geeker", and draws attention to Harvey's speech impediment. Chester's teasing Harvey culminated recently when Chester made the following "post" on Facebook:

"Does everyone know Harvey Meaker?
There is no one in school who is Geekier!
He talks so funny, and is too weak for any running race,
He is really such a complete and total waste of space!"

Several Pleasantville High School students "liked" this post on Facebook. For this act, Chester was suspended from school for two days.

After the incident, Harvey became depressed. So much so, that he stopped attending school. Harvey's parents wanted to admit Harvey in a temporary medical facility that treats depression and anxiety. After researching three facilities, they chose the Hooker Rehabilitation Clinic. Although the Hooker clinic had a very high rate of accidents, Harvey's parents preferred this clinic because it was the cheapest option.

Harvey was admitted to the Hooker clinic for five days. During his stay at the clinic, Doctor Frank Jamison prescribed a stimulant, "Retronol", to help with Harvey's depression. Retronol is manufactured by the Fullbright Corporation without any warning labels. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared Retronol for use by those suffering from depression, but informed the Fullbright Corporation that "our studies found Retronol to be effective in treating those with mild depression by increasing thoughts of well-being, but in large doses was detrimental to those with severe depression by increasing anxiety and feelings of nervousness." Having been cleared by the FDA, the Fullbright Corporation manufactured and distributed Retronol without any warning labels.

Harvey received his first prescribed dose of Retronol on Monday morning at 11:30 a.m., and told Rebecca Lavendar, a nurse at the Hooker Clinic, that he felt worthless and wished that he could "no longer go on like this." She returned Harvey to his room, and informed him that a doctor would speak with him tomorrow. At 1:15 p.m., Harvey jumped out of his fourth story window at the Hooker clinic, landing on an iron fence below. The fence was built five feet too close to the Hooker clinic building, in violation of a local building code, but was placed there by the Tremont Retirement Community Center who wanted to keep a barrier between the retired seniors at the Community Center and the patients of the Hooker clinic. As a result of the striking the iron fence, Harvey Meaker had to have emergency surgery to remove his spleen (a splenectomy), and suffered two fractured femurs that both required surgery in the form of open reduction and internal fixation.

Today, two years later, Harvey Meaker is feeling much better mentally and is thriving at a prestigious local university, majoring in political science. However, he finds that he is often getting physically ill due to the fact that he is living without a spleen, and has significant weakness in his legs to the point where he cannot run, jump, or even walk for more than 15 minutes. Harvey Meaker has come to you do determine if he has a viable personal injury case against any person or entity.

Please address what percentage of fault, if any, you believe is fairly attributed to Harvey Meaker, Chester Grimm, Harvey's parents, Doctor Frank Jamison, the Fullbright Corporation, the Hooker Rehabilitation Clinic, and/or the Tremont Retirement Community Center, for causing Harvey Meaker's injuries. Please be sure that your total percentage for all parties combined is 100%. For each party, set forth the arguments that you would make if you were representing Harvey Meaker as his attorney.


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