Law Day 2014

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     American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters
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Easy Essay Contest Question: Week Four

Nevada middle or high school students have the opportunity to win cash prizes by participating in the 2014 Easy Essay Contest.

Week Four Question:

How can social media change the way voters get political information? Or is social media just a way for candidates to get their names out there and influence votes without having to tell where they stand on the issues?

Essays are limited to 100 words. Entries must be received by 5 pm Friday (April 18).

Submit an entry to the Nevada Supreme Court using the form found here.

ELIGIBILITY

You must be a middle or high school student in Nevada. You must list your age, school, and class level (age and class level will be taken into consideration in the judging). If you are under age 13, you must participate with the permission of your teacher or parent.

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Easy Essay Contest Question: Week Three

Nevada middle or high school students have the opportunity to win cash prizes by participating in the 2014 Easy Essay Contest.

Week Three Question:

Voting is the way we ensure we have a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”  How can our schools inspire young people to get registered, learn about candidates and issues, and then vote?  

Essays are limited to 100 words. Entries closed for this question.

Submit an entry to the Nevada Supreme Court using the form found here.

ELIGIBILITY

You must be a middle or high school student in Nevada. You must list your age, school, and class level (age and class level will be taken into consideration in the judging). If you are under age 13, you must participate with the permission of your teacher or parent.

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Supreme Court of Nevada Easy Essay Contest – Winners Week One

A plea for 18-year-olds to vote earned top honors for Sheyla Sanchez, of Fred W. Traner Middle School in Reno, in the first week of the Supreme Court of Nevada’s Law Day 2014 Easy Essay Contest.

Miss Sanchez has won a $100 cash card for her winning entry. The essay was chosen by judges ahead of 163 other entries as the best in Week One of the contest.

In addition, Shelby Riddle, of Centennial High School in Las Vegas, and Julian Peters Dinkins, of Beacon Academy of Nevada, an online high school based in Las Vegas, will be awarded, respectively, $50 and $25 cash cards, for winning second and third place in the writing contest.

The Easy Essay Contest – involving essays of 100 words or less – will continue four more weeks, with three weekly winners receiving $100, $50, and $25 cash cards courtesy of Supreme Court Justice Michael Cherry in cooperation with the State Bar of Nevada.

Each Monday a new contest begins with the posting of an essay question on the Supreme Court’s Law Day webpage. The winning essays will be posted each week on the Law Day webpage to showcase the talents of Nevada’s students.

The Week One question was:

Persons 18-20 years old have the lowest voter turnout. How can you convince your friends in that age group to vote?

Here is Sheyla Sanchez’s winning essay:

Everyone Vote!!
Sheyla Sanchez, Fred W. Traner Middle School
$100 Cash Card

In the past, women fought for suffrage. They made protests and put in a huge amount of effort to get the right to vote. African Americans, similar to women, fought for their voting rights until they got them. Nowadays, myriads of people whom actually have the right to vote, do not vote, they simply think that others will vote for them or they just don’t care. In order to get people to vote, I would do the following. I would make posters with my friends saying things that may help to persuade people ages eighteen through 21 to vote and also participate. Second, I would tell voters to take advantage of the fact that they are allowed to vote unlike many people in the past. Every count votes and absolutely everyone has a say in this country. Therefore, I very strongly encourage everyone over the age of 18 to vote and spread the word so that many more other people have also a say in this country and remember, every vote counts.
Second Place:

Let’s Vote
Shelby Riddle, Centennial High School
$50 Cash Card

We re-elect or elect a new president every four years. Thousands of people all across the nation vote yet thousands don’t. The majority of these thousands are ranging in age from 18 to 20 years old. Why? Possibly, because they are unsure of who and how to vote. They are new to the process and could be new to politics. To solve this issue we can organize campaigns and information directed specifically for the new coming voters. We can share more detailed information about all competitors running for president to be sure that the voters know exactly who they want to vote for and why. As well as campaign information we can help them out with detailed instructions on how and where to actually vote. By doing these things we can be sure to get the new voter’s votes in and counted!

Third Place:

Come Build A Better World With Me
Julian Peters Dinkins, Beacon Academy Of Nevada
$25 Cash Card

I will do my part in reversing the trend of low young-voter turnout, by using every public juncture to remind my friends that if they want their voices heard, they mustn’t shout against the wind, but have the world tremble with their vote. I will use social networking, to become a resounding noise in their ear. I will talk to my friends about the issues that they have shown themselves to be invested in, and remind them that every vote they sit out, is another vote cast against that investment. I’m building a better world, and voting is my tool.

 

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Easy Essay Contest Question: Week Two

Nevada middle or high school students have the opportunity to win cash prizes by participating in the 2014 Easy Essay Contest.

Week Two Question:

It has been suggested that voting day should be a national holiday.  Is this a good to increase voter turnout?  

Essays are limited to 100 words. Entries closed for this question.

ELIGIBILITY

You must be a middle or high school student in Nevada. You must list your age, school, and class level (age and class level will be taken into consideration in the judging). If you are under age 13, you must participate with the permission of your teacher or parent.

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Easy Essay Contest Question: Week One

Nevada middle or high school students have the opportunity to win cash prizes by participating in the 2014 Easy Essay Contest.

Week One Question:

Persons 18-20 years old have the lowest voter turnout.  How can you convince your friends in that age group to vote?

Essays are limited to 100 words. Entries closed for this question.

ELIGIBILITY

You must be a middle or high school student in Nevada. You must list your age, school, and class level (age and class level will be taken into consideration in the judging). If you are under age 13, you must participate with the permission of your teacher or parent.

 

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Easy Essay Contest 2014

Nevada students have the opportunity to win cash prizes by participating in the 2014 Easy Essay Contest sponsored by the Supreme Court of Nevada, State Bar of Nevada, and the Nevada Department of Education.

Starting March 24, students can enter the weekly contest centered about the importance of voting rights in the American democracy. The theme of Law Day 2014 is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.”

The contest will begin on March 24 and end on April 25 with a weekly opportunity to enter a 100-word essay on a question about voting and how it impacts democracy. For instance, essay questions may seek input on voting rights for 18-year-olds, restrictions on voting, and the history of voting in America.

Prize Awards Each Week:

  • $100 for 1st place
  • $50 for 2nd place
  • $25 for 3rd place

Essay questions will be posted on this website beginning March 24, 2014.

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2014 Classroom Materials Now Posted

Classroom resources for Nevada educators participating in Law Day 2014 have been posted on the Law Day Live website and can be downloaded here.

LawDay_Logo_carouselThe materials contain lesson plans, document based questions, and exhibits to assist teachers in preparing to teach information concerning voting rights. The materials have been created by educators, with an emphasis on incorporating lesson plans into required competencies. In particular, the materials include a lesson plan reviewing Shelby County v. Holder and what it means for the voting rights act.

Additionally, classroom materials and handouts will be provided on the Law Day in Nevada Edmodo group site or can be emailed to any teacher in the state interested in obtaining these materials.

 

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“Why Every Vote Matters” Theme of Law Day 2014

Law Day is a day to reflect on and rededicate ourselves to the rule of law and the principles of liberty, justice, and equality.

Since 1958, the president of the United States has annually recognized Law Day. In 1961, Congress passed a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official day to celebrate Law Day.

This year’s theme is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” The right to vote is the very foundation of government by the people. For this reason, striving to establish and protect every citizen’s right to vote has been a central theme of American legal and civic history. Much of the struggle on voting rights began decades ago, but the work is far from complete, and a citizen’s right to cast a ballot remains at risk today.

One of our most cherished national ideals, expressed eloquently by Abraham Lincoln, is “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It is a principle enshrined in our Nation’s founding documents, from the Declaration of Independence’s assurance that governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed, to the opening three words of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, “We the People.”

This year, the Nevada Supreme Court will once again feature Law Day Live, an interactive webcast linking six high schools across the state to present oral arguments on three Supreme Court cases touching on the theme of “Why Every Vote Matters”. In three “mock appearances” before the Nevada Supreme Court, students will argue pro and con for preserving and extending the right to vote.

 

 

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Watch Law Day Live 2013

In 2013, the Nevada Supreme Court, and many Nevada partners, invited high school students to present oral arguments before the Justices on issues affecting equality. Students from three high schools participated, with students also serving on the deliberative panels. Watch the entire Law Day Live program below:

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