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Students, make your case in law day essay contest

The Mecklenburg County Bar Association will hold its annual Law Day Luncheon the first week in May in conjunction with the nation’s annual Law Day on May 1. The Observer's editorial board is again joining with the Mecklenburg Bar to highlight the importance of our system of laws by co-sponsoring a Law Day essay contest for high school students in the paper's circulation area. Prizes of $300 and $100 will be given for the top two essays. Deadline for entries is Tuesday, April 22.

This year’s theme for Law Day is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.”

The American Bar Association calls the right to vote the “very foundation of government by the people.” The principle is enshrined in this nation’s founding documents, from the Declaration of Independence’s assurance that governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed, to the opening three words of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, “We the People.” Striving to establish and protect every citizen’s right to vote has been a central theme of American legal and civic history. Much of the struggle on voting rights began decades ago, but a citizen’s right to cast a ballot remains at risk today.

Students taking part in the Observer’s essay contest should explore the principle of government by the people and how voting realizes this goal. They should also explore the struggle for voting rights in this country and how that work continues today.

To enter the contest, students should send typewritten essays of up to 700 words examining the issue to:

Essay Contest

Fannie Flono, Associate Editor

The Charlotte Observer

P.O. Box 30308

Charlotte, NC 28230-0308.

Essays may also be e-mailed to fflono@charlotteobserver.com.

Essays must include the writer's name, age, address, phone number, the school the student attends and the names of his or her parents or guardians. No essays will be accepted after April 22. Only high school students are eligible. Teachers may make this a class project, but any essay submitted must be the work of one writer.

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