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Posted February 9, 2012

Deadline Approaching for State Bar Essay Contest for Juniors, Seniors

This year's topic is personal freedoms in the school environment.

The State Bar of New Mexico is accepting entries from high school juniors and seniors from around the state for its annual essay contest.

This year’s assignment is titled "The Search" and deals with personal freedoms in the school environment. Thoughtful essays expressing personal points of view will be accepted until March 1.

Essays must contain 1,000-1,500 words and will be judged by a panel of judges, lawyers, State Bar staff and educators.

The law firm of Modrall, Sperling, Roehl, Harris & Sisk PA sponsors cash awards of $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place and $500 for third place. In addition, the first place winner’s classroom receives $500. Winners are recognized at the annual Law Day Luncheon in May in Albuquerque.

The first-place winner last year was Caitlin Stone of Valley High.

Now in its 23rd year, the contest is sponsored by the State Bar to promote higher education and to encourage an appreciation of the law.

High school language arts and social studies teachers throughout the state have received contest materials. Visit NMBAR for contest information, entry form, a tutorial on writing a legal essay, the scoring rubric, standards and benchmarks for teachers, and essays from previous contests are available to assist students and teachers.

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