Court of Appeals Hosting Essay Contest; Submissions Due May 27
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is seeking submissions for its 2022 essay contest.
High school students are invited to share their thoughts on the question: “Is the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause sufficient to secure the rights of all citizens, or is the ERA necessary to promote gender equality?” Fifty years ago, on March 22, 1972, Congress sent the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the states for ratification, but only 35 of the 38 required states voted to ratify by the deadline.
Essays are limited to 1,000 words and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 27. Cash prizes will be provided for first place, $2,000; second place, $1,500; and third place, $1,000.
Winners will be announced in August, and the winning essays will be presented at the court’s Essay Awards Program in September. More information is available here.