05/01/2017 - The Rhode Island Bar Association, the Rhode Island Judiciary, and the Rhode Island Police Chief’s Association, with support from the Rhode Island Department of Education and Roger Williams University School of Law, are sponsoring the annual, 2017 Hon. Francis J. Darigan, Jr. Rhode Island Law Day Essay Contest open to 10th and 11th grade Rhode Island resident students attending school in Rhode Island. The winning essay author receives a $1,000 Scholastic Award and an engraved trophy cup. A second place essay author receives a $250 Scholastic Award donated by the Edward P. Gallogly Family Law Inns of Court.

This year’s essay topic is The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy. Ratified during Reconstruction a century and a half ago, the Fourteenth Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under law. All essay entries must, in no more than 1,000 words, discuss the many ways the student believes that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society. 

Background information on this topic, The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy, can be found on the Bar Association website ribar.com under: For The Public –2017 Law Day. 

The entry deadline is Friday, May 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.  Please direct questions to: Kathleen Bridge at the Rhode Island Bar Association: telephone: (401) 421-5740 email: kbridge@ribar.com