Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Still time to enter Law Day Youth Civics Contest

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association are reaching out to educators, students, parents, "fans of American Civics", and aspiring filmmakers about their inaugural Law Day Youth Civics Contest.

Law Day is celebrated on May 1st each year and celebrates the role of law in our society and aims to foster greater understanding of the legal profession.

To celebrate Law Day, students enrolled in 6th to 12th grades are invited to submit a video recording which answers the question, “why are the courts important?” Videos may not exceed two minutes and must be the original work of the student/students.

Group entries are permitted, but if selected as a winning entry, only one prize will be awarded to the group. All members of the group must be in the same grade level cohort (6th to 8th or 9th to 12th), and each member must submit an entry form.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Entries will be judged on how they demonstrate understanding of constitutional principles, clarity and effectiveness in expressing the theme, and originality/creativity.

A $500 first-place winner, a $250 second-place winner, and a $100 third-place winner will be chosen from each grade level cohort (6th to 8th grade, 9th to 12th grade). The teacher or organization leader (i.e. scout leader or club advisor) who referred winning students to the contest will receive a $50 Target gift card for classroom or club materials.

Winners will be announced the week of April 26, 2021.

The fillable entry form can be downloaded here. Video entries and entry forms must be submitted here.

Here's the fine print:

Missing the submission deadline, providing false or incomplete entry information, or not residing within the district are grounds for disqualification. Entries by children, step-children, grandchildren, siblings of employees of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois will not be considered.

The Northern District of Illinois includes the following counties: Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, La Salle, Will, Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago.

Contest entries may be posted on court websites and materials, in the court history museum, and shared with outside organizations.

Questions about the contest may be sent to


Anonymous said...

Or you could just run.

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