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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 03/29/06
CONTACT:Barbara S. Straczynski
Acting Director of Communications
732-937-7524

NJSBA Young Lawyers Division Invites Students to Celebrate Law Day Theme Liberty Under Law: Separate Branches, Balanced Powers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Jersey eighth grade students are invited to participate in the New Jersey State Bar Association YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION’S 2006 Law Day Poster Contest.

Law Day, which is on May 1st, is an annual nationwide celebration of our country’s freedoms and the role of the law in protecting and preserving them. The particular emphasis of this year’s Law Day celebration is “Liberty Under Law: Separate Branches, Balanced Powers.”

To help celebrate Law Day, the YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION of the New Jersey State Bar Association is sponsoring a poster contest for Eighth Grade Students in New Jersey. The purpose of this contest is to encourage young people to reflect on the importance of the separation of powers to our democratic form of government. Law Day can highlight how the branches have their separate spheres and separate powers, but work together for the common good. Students are invited to utilize their artistic talents to create posters that celebrate this theme and to enter their posters, along with a brief narrative of their posters, in the Law Day Poster Contest.

All entries must be received at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick by the close of business on Friday, May 5, 2006.

The rules for this contest are set forth below. For further information, please contact:

Maria A. Parente

New Jersey State Bar Association

New Jersey Law Center

One Constitution Square

New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1520

Phone: 732-937-7531

Fax: 732-249-2815

Email: mparente@njsba.com

RULES FOR LAW DAY POSTER CONTEST

The following rules will govern the Law Day Poster Contest, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the New Jersey State Bar Association:

1. The competition is open to any eighth (8th) grade student in the state of New Jersey.

2. Students may not collaborate on an entry.

3. This year’s topic is the following:

“Liberty Under Law: Separate Branches, Balanced Powers”

“the right of making and of enforcing the laws is vested in one and the same man, or the same body of men … there can be no liberty."

Montesquieu: Ideological Co-Founder of the American Constitution along with John Locke

It is important that all Americans understand what the Founders intended and accomplished in creating a government of separate powers. The Founders were very concerned that the government they established not have all its powers concentrated in the hands of a few officials.

4. In judging the art submissions, the following criteria will be used:

Creativity

Originality

Artistic Quality

Adherence to the Theme

There is no particular size limitation provided that if the student wishes the poster returned that it can be shipped in a postal tube or smaller enclosure.

5. Students are asked to briefly describe the poster in a narrative of not more than 20 words. The narrative should be placed on an index card attached securely to the back of the poster.

6. The student’s full name, school name, home address, telephone number and email address (if available) must be placed on the back of the poster.

7. All entries must be received at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick by the close of business on Friday, May 5, 2006.

8. All submissions become the property of the NJSBA. Students may request the return of their work by advising the NJSBA no later than Friday, June 16, 2006.

9. Please mail or deliver all entries to:

Maria A. Parente

New Jersey State Bar Association

New Jersey Law Center

One Constitution Square

New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1520

10. Judging will take place at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting. The following prizes will be awarded:

FIRST PLACE: $75.00 Barnes and Noble Gift Card and a plaque

SECOND PLACE: $50.00 Barnes and Noble Gift Card and a plaque

THIRD PLACE: Plaque

The Young Lawyers Division will

finalize the awards decisions no later than FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2006. Contestants will be notified by mail, phone or email. Teachers wishing notification should include on each student entry: teacher name, school name and school phone number, fax number or email address.

For more information about Law Day and the theme visit the Web site of the American Bar Association at:

www.abanet.org/publiced/lawday. The ABA’s Law Day Planning Guide offers a wealth of information, project plans, teaching guides, Internet resources and other resources. You may order a copy by calling the ABA at (800)285-2221 or online at the ABA’s Web site.

The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice.

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