OSBA announces essay contest call for entries

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SUBJECT:  OSBA announces essay contest call for entries

CONTACT:  Kenneth A. Brown - 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426

Columbus (Nov. 1, 2001) - The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) announced a  “call for entries” for its third annual “There Ought To Be A Law” Essay Contest for high school students in celebration of Law Day 2002.  Entry forms and guidelines may be obtained by contacting the OSBA Public Relations department at 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4425, or by visiting the OSBA Web site (www.ohiobar.org).  Deadline for entry is January 31, 2002.

Focusing on how laws are developed, the project invites high school students (grades 9 – 12) to write an essay identifying what they believe “ought to be a law.”   The essay must include reasons why that particular law should be enacted, taking into account its impact on the community.

Essays will be evaluated on local, regional and state levels by volunteer lawyers.  Regional finalists will be recognized at a special Law Day luncheon in Columbus in May 2002, and four essayists (two from the Junior Division, grades 9 and 10, and two from the Senior Division, grades 11 and 12) will be chosen from among the regional finalists to receive prizes.  Senior Division first- and second-place winners receive $600 and $400 U.S. Savings Bonds, respectively.  Junior Division first- and second-place winners receive $500 and $250 U.S. Savings Bonds.  The school of the first place Senior Division essayist will receive an inscribed plaque, and the school of the first place Junior Division essayist will receive one scholarship for a student to attend the Ohio Center For Law-Related Education’s Summer Camp and Academy. 

“This is our third year of helping high school students better understand the legislative process” said OSBA President Mary Jane Trapp.  “The essay contest encourages students to think about how laws impact society and how the process works to enact a law.  This is a powerful partnership between Ohio lawyers and educators, and the program provides a voice for young Ohioans as well as a great opportunity to learn.”

Bar associations throughout the state also are participating in the “There Ought To Be A Law” Essay Contest by coordinating classroom visits or conducting local judging.  The bar associations participating this year include:  Allen County, Belmont County, Cincinnati’s Black Lawyers Association, Cincinnati, Columbiana County, Columbus, Coshocton County, Crawford County, Defiance County, Delaware County, Fairfield County, Greene County, Guernsey County, Henry County, Hocking County, Holmes County, Huron County, Licking County, Marion County, Miami County, Pickaway County, Portage County, Richland County, Ross County, Scioto County, Shelby County, Stark County, Wayne County, Williams County, Wood County and Wyandot County.

High school students should submit entries to their school teachers or administrators, who will, in turn, send one entry per division from each school to the OSBA.  Students whose schools choose not to participate or who are not affiliated with a public or private school may send their essays and entry forms directly to the OSBA.  The OSBA will disperse for local, regional and state-level judging.  All essays must be received by the OSBA by January 31, 2002.

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students.  Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.




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