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2015 Law Day Essay Contest

Win up to $300 and statewide recognition

votingThe Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section has joined the Missouri National Education Association and the Missouri Press Association to sponsor a writing contest for students in grades four through 12 in celebration of the 2015 Law Day on May 1, 2015.

The Law Day Essay Contest is held annually to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the law and the legal system among students. This year’s essay contest theme is “50 Years of Voting Rights.”

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The act outlaws racial discrimination in voting practices. Before its enactment, African Americans were once denied their legal right to vote guaranteed by 14th and 15th Amendments. Many states used literacy tests, poll taxes and intimidation to systematically exclude black voters. After many years of protests and demonstrations, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and was extended in 1970, 1975 and 1982.

We encourage all students from across the state to participate in this fun contest and put their best written words forward. Participants can win as much as $300 and receive statewide awards presented this spring at a banquet in Jefferson City.

All entries must be postmarked by Feb. 2, 2015.

For contest entry forms and other details, visit www.mnea.org/Missouri/Contests1/1.aspx

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