ZANESVILLE, Ohio — The Muskingum County BAR Association has announced their annual “Law Day” contest.
In an attempt to call public attention to the principles and practices of law and justice in the United States, the BAR Association holds a yearly essay contest with a specific theme. This year’s theme is the 14th Amendment.
“The American BAR Association started ‘Law Day’ in 1957 to celebrate the principles of our country. So this holiday is celebrated on May 1st every year, and the Muskingum County BAR Association has sought fit to host an essay contest for graduating seniors that attend any school in Muskingum County,” said Susan McDonald, a member of the Law Day Committee.
McDonald says that while they have the freedom to choose their own topic for the essays, the American BAR Association selections have been so good in the past that they haven’t felt the need to change it.
The 14th Amendment talks about due process and equal protection of the law. The Amendment was put into effect after the Civil War in 1868, when African Americans were given the right to vote and recognized as equal citizens in the United States.
The committee says it’s critical that students get exposed to these principles because schools aren’t focusing on them as much as they have in the past.
“There’s a real need to emphasize learning about our legal systems, especially these days. The teaching of civics is not emphasized as much as it used to be, and that’s just basic forms of government– legislative, executive, judicial– and the way our government works,” Don Dal Ponte, another member of the Law Day Committee.
Essays are due Saturday, April 15, 2017 and the top three entrants will receive college scholarships of $1,000, $500, and $200, respectively.
Essays must be emailed to the Muskingum County Community Foundation, Scholarship Center, attention Heather Sands, firstname.lastname@example.org.