State bar association seeks essays for Law Day
COLUMBUS -- The Ohio State Bar Association is calling for entries from pupils in grades seven through 12 for its seventh annual "There Ought to Be a Law" essay contest in celebration of Law Day 2006.
Entry forms and guidelines can be obtained by contacting the association's Public Relations Department at (800) 282-6556 or (614) 487-4425, or through the "public/programs" area of the OSBA Web site at www.ohiobar.org. Deadline for contest entry is Jan. 31.
Focusing on how laws are developed, the project asks each participating student to write an essay identifying what he or she believes "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 on May 10.
Pupils should submit their entries to teachers or administrators who will send one entry per division from each school directly to the OSBA.
Pupils whose schools choose not to participate or who are not affiliated with either a public or private school, may send their essays and entry forms directly to the OSBA. All essays must be faxed or postmarked by Jan. 31.