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2018 Civics Contest
2018 Civics Contest

150 Years after Ratification of the 14th Amendment: What Does Equal Protection Mean to Students?


The Ninth Circuit is pleased to announce its 2018 Civics Contest.  Students from across the circuit are invited to participate in this exciting event.  

Ratified on July 9, 1868, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution provides, in part, that no state can “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Over the past 150 years, Congress and the courts have applied this “Equal Protection Clause” to our right to equal  educational opportunities.

Students should consider how the Equal Protection Clause applies in high schools, colleges and graduate schools, whether in admissions, classrooms or on athletic fields. Individual students can express their thoughts and ideas in an essay of between 500 and 1,000 words. Individuals and teams of up to three students can produce a 3-5 minute video on the theme. A student may submit both an essay and video. A student may submit only one essay and be involved in the production of only one video.

The contest website will open on January 2, 2018.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho is hosting a local contest to determine the finalists 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 Idaho.

The circuit will be presenting cash prizes for the essay and video contests -1st place: $2,000 2nd place: $1,000 3rd place: $500.  Local district winners in each category also will receive cash prizes.

For more information about the district contest, please contact: Kirsten Wilkinson (208) 334-9464/

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