2015 Law Day Essay Contest
50 Years of Voting Rights
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 will be 50 years old in 2015. Voting has been an important activity throughout the history of the United States, but some groups, such as African-Americans, women, and Native Americans, were once excluded. Why is voting so important to this country, and how can we make everyone realize how important it is to vote?
An essay responding to the prompt above could win one of your students $300. Turn your students into problem solvers and polish their writing skills with the Missouri NEA/Missouri Bar Law Day Essay Contest.
All entries should be sent to the judging coordinator listed in the flier. Essays must be postmarked by Feb. 2, 2015. Information packets, including publicity materials, will be mailed to school district superintendents and principals in October.
Students will compete in three categories, grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Entries should be no longer than 700 words and will be judged on general appearance, structure, content, creativity and originality.
The first-place winner in each category receives $300, second-place winners receive $200, and third-place winners receive $150. Statewide awards will be presented in May at a banquet in Jefferson City.
The Law Day Essay Contest is a project of the MNEA Public Relations Committee and the Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section. More information can be found in the downloadable packet of materials. If you have any questions or concerns about the Law Day Essay Contest, contact Becky Stewart at (573) 644-9606.
2015 Law Day Essay Contest Materials (pdf)
2015 Participation Certificate (pdf)