The Southern District of California has long recognized the importance of community outreach and to that end has implemented a variety of programs designed
to educate the community on the role of the federal court and to foster a spirit of trust in the justness of decisions made by our judges.
"I think the biggest challenge we face today in our judicial government
is the lack of understanding of the public role of courts in our country"
- Sandra Day O'Connor
Civics Contest 2021 Announcement
The United States District Court in the Southern District of California is excited to announce the 2021 Civics Contest for high school students in the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. This essay and video contest offers cash prizes and a chance to meet some of the nation’s preeminent jurists and legal practitioners.