Inaugural Civics Essay Contest

Inaugural Civics Essay Contest

The democratic principles on which the U.S. government is built affect everything about the way people live. The FBA Civics Essay Contest aims to foster the study and understanding of how the United States government works; to provide students with a platform on which to build the knowledge of basic civics, and to prepare every student to be an active, responsible citizen.

Topic: What does an impartial Judicial System mean to me?

  • - Contest available in both Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School (Grades 9-12) Divisions
  • - Middle School Word Limit: 500; High School Word Limit: 1,000
  • - Winners awarded in Washington, DC in conjunction with the FBA Midyear Meeting on March 18, 2017. Funds provided for travel along with 1 parent/guardian.


  • Middle School Contest Winners:

    1st Place: Alexander Ashman, for his essay "True Justice"

    2nd Place: Jivan Jot Kaur Khalsa

    3rd Place: Jonah Gilbert


  • High School Contest Winners:

    1st Place: Isabelle Scott, for her essay "Fear Free"

    2nd Place: Stephanie Besen

    3rd Place: Jacob Couture


  • Nomination of Teachers for Excellence in Civics Education

    Do you have a teacher that has gone above and beyond in teaching civics at your school? Nominate them to receive the Excellence in Civics Education award! Winners will receive national recognition by the Federal Bar Association. A nomination form can be found below.

  • Contest Chair: Maria Vathis,
    Questions? Contact Josh Albertson at or call 571-481-9118.


Nomination Form for Excellence in Civics Education


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