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County bar foundation seeks entries for annual high school essay contest

The Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation invites all high school students in Anne Arundel County to enter the Foundation’s annual legal essay contest. During the past 13 years, nearly 2,300 county students have participated in this competition.

The contest is open to all public or private high school students in grades 9-12, and home-schooled students at corresponding grade levels. The Foundation will award three cash prizes of $500 (1st place), $250 (2nd place) and $100 (3rd place) to the students who submit the winning essays.

The topic for this year’s essay contest is a current Supreme Court case (United States vs. Wurie, Case No. 13-212) regarding whether the Fourth Amendment permits the police, without obtaining a warrant, to review the call log of a cellphone found on a person who has been lawfully arrested. To enter, a student should submit an essay of up to 1,200 words expressing his or her opinion on how the Supreme Court should rule in this case. Entries should be double-spaced and either typewritten or printed using a computer word processor.

The essay must be accompanied by a cover sheet that includes the following information: the student’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address; school’s name (if applicable), address and phone number; and the name of the teacher sponsor (if applicable, or parent if home-schooled). Essays must be postmarked no later than April 25, 2014 and mailed to:  Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation, Essay Contest, PO Box 161, Annapolis, MD  21404. 

Students and teachers can find more information about the essay contest and background information on the case to be considered at www.aabar.org/essay. If you have questions about the contest, please contact the Foundation at aaba@circuitcourt.org.

Established in 1990, the Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation is a charitable organization founded by the members of the Anne Arundel Bar Association (AABA) to foster and maintain the honor and integrity of the profession of law. The AABA is a nonprofit membership organization of more than 1,100 legal professionals. We provide legal services to the community and career development opportunities for legal professionals. Learn more about the AABA at www.aabar.org.

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