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Law Day Essay Contest

In its fifteenth year, the Law Day Essay Contest, cosponsored by the Bar Foundation and the Nebraska Supreme Court, continues to engage 9th-12th grade students from across Nebraska. The 2014 question draws upon current events and this year's Nebraska Law Day theme, "American Veterans – Everyday Heroes."

The 2014 question is as follows:
The 2014 One Book One Nebraska is Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene.   It is the story about the North Platte Canteen, a World War II project of support for all of the soldiers who rode the train through their town.  The One Book Nebraska website describes the project in this manner:  “Every day of the year, every day of the war, the Canteen--staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers--was open from five a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. Once Upon a Town tells the story of how this plains community of only 12,000 people provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food and treats to more than six million GIs by the time the war ended.”
After reviewing the website,, draft a plan for a service project in your community to assist locals in military service or those who have returned from service.  Include in your plan:
  • The need
  • Those to be served
  • How to organize the project and choose leaders
  • How to recruit volunteers
  • How to promote the project
  • How to raise funds to support the project
  • The reason you chose this project

Social Studies Standard (Civics) may be applied to this activity:
SS12.1.2.c Engage in civic activities (e.g., discussing current issues, advocating for personal rights and the rights of others, influencing governmental actions, participating in civil discourse, registering for selective service, participating in community improvement activities, service learning)

By researching and writing about a topic related to the annual Law Day theme, students can gain a deeper understanding of and make a stronger connection with our heritage of liberty and the citizenship it requires to keep our country free.

One winner from each grade level will be recognized in his or her community by a member of the bench or bar. Each will receive a $50 gift card from Cornhusker Bank of Lincoln. Personalized portfolios and certificates of achievement will be awarded to the winners. Planning for the recognition will be arranged with the sponsoring teacher and school administration. Essay contest winners are recognized on or near Law Day, May 1, each year.

See the Invitation Letter for more details and contest rules and deadlines.


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