BANGOR, Maine — The question posed by this year’s Law Day essay and poster contest asks if the presumption of innocence still exists in the Internet age.
The contest, which offers $500 and $250 prizes for first and second places, respectively, is sponsored by the Penobsoct County Bar Association.
It is open to students in grades 9-12 in a Penobscot County school or to those who are home-schooled in Penobscot County in the equivalent of a 9 -12 grade.
The theme for this year’s contest is “The Legacy of John Adams, from Boston to Guantanamo.” Entrants are asked to consider whether the presumption of innocence still exists in the face of the 24-hour news cycle, the stereotyping of disfavored groups, and the creation of and access to information over the Internet.
Essay entries must be 500 words or less and typed or handwritten in ink. Art entries must be on an 11-by-17-inch poster board, without a mat or frame, and with a cover sheet that includes information about the entrant.
An awards ceremony is scheduled to be held Monday, May 2, at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.
The bar association has offered the scholarship since 1997 in connection with Law Day, which has been celebrated on May 1 since 1958. The day was created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a “day of national dedication to the principle of government under law.” During the height of the Cold War, Law Day was counterpoised against May Day as feted in the Soviet Union, according to the bar association.
Entries should be mailed to Joseph M. Bethony,
Penobscot County Bar Association, c/o Gross Minsky & Mogul, P.A., 23 Water Street, Suite 400, P.O. Box 917, Bangor, ME 04402-917.
All entries must be postmarked or delivered by 5 p.m. April 15. For information, call 942-4644.