May 20, 2024
Annapolis, US 61 F

County Bar Association seeks entries for annual high school essay contest

scales_1The Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation invites all high school students in Anne Arundel County to enter the Foundation’s annual legal essay contest. During the past 16 years, nearly 2,600 county students have participated in this competition.

The contest is open to all public or private high school students in grades 9-12, and home-schooled students at corresponding grade levels. The Foundation will award three cash prizes of $500 (1st place), $250 (2nd place) and $100 (3rd place) to the students who submit the winning essays. 

The topic for this year’s essay contest is a current Supreme Court case (Bernard v. Minnesota, Docket No. 14-1470) that will decide whether in the absence of a warrant, a State may make it a crime for a driver to refuse to take a chemical test to detect the presence of alcohol in the driver’s blood. To enter, a student should submit an essay of up to 1,200 words expressing his or her opinion on how the Supreme Court should rule in this case. Entries should be double-spaced and either typewritten or printed using a computer word processor. All portions of the essay that are not expressly identified as quotations must be the original work product of the student submitting the essay.

The essay must be accompanied by a cover sheet that includes the following information: the student’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address; school’s name (if applicable), address and phone number; and the name of the teacher sponsor (if applicable, or parent if home-schooled). Essays must be postmarked no later than May 13, 2015 and mailed to:  Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation, Essay Contest, P.O. Box 161, Annapolis, MD  21404.  

Students and teachers can find more information about the essay contest and background information on the case to be considered at If you have questions about the contest, please contact the Foundation at [email protected].

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