Students in grades 4-12 could win up to $300.
Grades 6-12: The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed quickly after the end of the Civil War. The war ended in 1865, and the amendment was ratified in 1868. One of the most important parts of the amendment is the presumption that states must make sure that people have “equal protection of the laws.” What do you think that means? Many constitutional experts consider this to be the most important part of the Constitution. Do you agree? Why or why not? Do you think the idea of equal protection of the laws for everyone is important? Why or why not? Can you think of any groups of people who have not always had equal protection of the laws? Can you think of situations where it is okay not to treat all people the same way?
Grades 4-5: One of the most important ideas that you can find in our U.S. Constitution is that all people need to be treated fairly, regardless of what race they are, how much money they have, or how smart they are. What does it mean to you be treated fairly? How does your school try to make sure everyone is treated fairly? Can you give some examples of both people being treated fairly and unfairly? What can you do to make sure people are treated fairly?
An essay responding to the prompt above could win one of your students $300. Help your students 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, 2017. 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. State-level awards will be presented in April 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 Dodds at (573) 644-9606.
2017 Law Day Essay Contest Materials (pdf)
2017 Participation Certificate (pdf)