Wednesday, March 14, 2018


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is seeking submissions for
its 2018 essay contest.

Students  are invited to consider and share their thoughts on the question:
“How has the Fourteenth Amendment impacted education in the 150 years since
it was ratified, and what impact will it likely have in the future?”

The  contest  is  open  to  students  currently in grades 9 through 12 from
Maryland,  North  Carolina,  South  Carolina,  Virginia, and West Virginia.
Essays are limited to 1,000 words and must be submitted by April 15, 2018.

Students have the opportunity to win one of three cash prizes: first place,
$2,000; second place, $1,500; and third place, $1,000.

Winners will be announced in June and presented at a Constitution Day event
in September 2018.

For additional information and instructions on how to submit an essay,

For questions, contact the Fourth Circuit Clerk’s Office at or (804) 916-2706.

Please  note:  Children,  grandchildren,  stepchildren,  or  members of the
household of a federal judge or federal judiciary employee are not eligible
for the competition.