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High school students invited to participate in civics essay, video contest

Is law school in your future? Well, this scholarship opportunity might serve as authentic preparation for a career in law.

The Federal Bar Association has announced its second annual national civics essay federal-bar-association-logocontest posing the question: “What Does Equal Protection Mean to Students?” The contest reflects on the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment.

This year’s essay contest holds a requirement of 500 to 1,000 words for submissions from high school students. Video submissions should run from 3 to 5 minutes. The contest is open to high school students in the United States and its territories. Students in ninth through 12th are invited to participate. Submissions open Dec. 1 and close on Feb. 28, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Finalists will be selected in March and winners will be announced March 30.

Essays and videos are to be submitted through www.fedbar.org/Civics18.aspx

First place essay and video contest winners will receive a $1,000 prize, second place essay and video contest winners will receive a $500 prize, and three third place essay and three video contest winners will receive a $100 prize. Students enrolled in public, private, parochial, and charter schools (and home-schooled students of equivalent grade status) are invited to participate.

Questions may be directed to Cathy Barrie at cbarrie@fedbar.org or 571-481-9116 or Contest Chair: Maria Vathis at maria.vathis@bryancave.com or phone at 312-602-5127.

The Association consists of more than 20,000 federal lawyers, including 1,500 federal judges, who work together to promote the sound administration of justice, quality, and independence of the judiciary. Through its multifaceted programs, the FBA advocates on federal issues that impact the practice of federal lawyers and the courts; provides opportunities for scholarship and education to the profession; delivers opportunities for judges and attorneys to professionally and socially interact; and promotes high standards of professional competence and ethical conduct.  The mission of the Federal Bar Association includes serving not just the interests of federal judiciary and the federal practitioner, but also the interests of the community that they serve.

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