BANGOR — In connection with its yearly Law Day Contest, the Penobscot County Bar Association is giving away two $500 prizes and two $250 prizes to the high school students within the county who submit the best essays and artwork reflecting on women’s right to vote.
This year’s theme, “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100,” chosen by the American Bar Association for contests around the nation, invites young scholars to consider the “transformative constitutional amendment that guaranteed the right of citizens to vote would not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex” and to contemplate the women’s suffrage movement through the lens of today’s state of politics and the law.
Students submitting an essay must discuss their perspective in 750 words or less. Students submitting a work of art must submit a two-dimensional representation no larger than 11 inches by 17 inches. Submissions must not bear identifying information about the contestant and must come with a cover sheet with identifying information attached.
All entries must be postmarked or hand-delivered to Tracy Collins for the Penobscot County Bar Association at Rudman Winchell, 84 Harlow Street, P.O. Box 1401, Bangor, ME 04402-1401, no later than 5 p.m. Monday, March 16. The bar association will host a ceremony at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor for the winners and runners-up in May. The association will contact finalists with details about the ceremony.
Interested teachers may request a packet from Collins including lesson plans, a poster and cover sheets for essay and art entries.
The Penobscot County Bar Association was founded in 1904 as a means of bridging the gap between Penobscot County’s legal community and the community at large. The association has been integral in establishing what is widely considered one of the most cordial and communal bars in the state. The organization donates time, money, and resources to charitable and educational causes within the county and provides continuing legal education to the legal community.
For information, please contact Tracy Collins at 207-992-2264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.