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2017 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest

February 1, 2017

An essay and video contest open to high school students in the western United States and Pacific Islands.

Entries accepted beginning February 1, 2017. Deadline for entries is April 16, 2017.

CASH PRIZES for Essay and Video Contests:   

1st place: $2,000   2nd place: $1,000   3rd place: $500

Contest rules, entry instructions and more information is available at:

Civics education begins with understanding the Constitution, which defines our individual rights and the power of the state. To that end, please join us by participating in a civics essay contest. The theme is "Not to be Forgotten: Legal Lessons of the Japanese Internment."

Through an essay and/or short video, students are asked to "consider and describe the relevance of the Japanese internment today as our nation combats terrorism."

This contest is open to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders in public, private, parochial and charter high schools, and to home-schooled students of equivalent grade level status.

The contest website opened on January 1, 2017, and contest entries accepted beginning February 1, 2017. The contest submission deadline is April 16, 2017.

The U.S. District Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon are hosting a local contest to determine the top three state finalists in both the essay and video contests who will go on to compete for cash prizes in the circuit contest. To be eligible to compete in the local contest, students must reside in the state of Oregon. In addition to advancement to the circuit contest, local district winners will be recognized by the U.S. District Court of Oregon judges, receive cash prizes, and be invited to the award presentation at the FBA Annual Dinner in May 2017.  Those six finalists will then advance to the Ninth Circuit contest and the top three finishers for both the essay and video competitions will be recognized at the Ninth Circuit Conference in San Francisco, California as well as receive cash prizes for first, second, and third places.

For more information about the district contest, please contact Judge Russo, (541) 431-4125 or