2017 Essay and Video Contest
Young people from Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Washington have been selected the winners of the 2017 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest, an educational outreach effort sponsored by the federal courts.
“Not to Be Forgotten: Legal Lessons of the Japanese Internment” was the theme of the contest,
which focused on the incarceration of Japanese-American citizens at the outset of World War II and
its relevance today as our government seeks to protect the nation from terrorism. Students were
challenged to write an essay or produce a short video focusing on legal decisions which sought to
strike a balance between national security and civil rights at a time of great uncertainty.
More than 1,000 young people entered the contest, which offered cash prizes, an opportunity for travel, and a chance to meet some of the nation’s preeminent jurists and legal practitioners.
2017 CIRCUIT Winners:
Read the Winning Essays
Watch the Winning Videos
2017 DISTRICT Winners:
Read the District Winning Essays