2014 Law Day Essay Contest
Celebrating the Civil Rights Act of 1964
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to bar people of any race from
eating at a restaurant, staying at a motel, or sitting anywhere in a movie
theater. Why is this law considered one of the most important laws ever
passed in our nation? Are there still ways we discriminate against people in
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. 3, 2014. 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) 634-3202.
2014 Law Day Essay Contest Materials (pdf)
2014 Participation Certificate (pdf)