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More Courts Use Essay Contests to Teach Lessons in Justice

February 15, 2018

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Published on February 15, 2018

Rebecca Thompson had never thought of a career in the law before a high school teacher encouraged her to enter an essay contest sponsored by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Researching an essay on access to justice opened Thompson’s eyes to legal mistreatment afflicting the poor.

Alexander Ashman also had given little thought to the law, until his history teacher introduced him to a Federal Bar Association national essay contest. His impassioned commentary about his grandmother’s encounters with antisemitism won him first prize—and a “life-changing” visit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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