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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02/13/02
CONTACT:Barbara S. Straczynski
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NJSBA Young Lawyers Division Invites Eighth Graders To Participate In Law Day 2002 Poster Contest

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division is sponsoring a poster contest for eighth grade students in commemoration of Law Day 2002, an annual nationwide celebration of our country’s freedoms and the role of the law in protecting and preserving them. The topic for this year’s Law Day event is “Assuring Equal Justice For All.”

The purpose of the contest is to encourage young people to consider the role of the law, lawyers and the courts in assuring equality under the law. Students are invited to utilize their artistic talents to create posters that celebrate this theme.

This year’s topic focuses on America’s efforts to make equal justice a reality for all citizens. Students are being asked to examine equality of justice through the perspectives of both the legal profession and the public it serves. Therefore, it may include efforts by the bench and the bar to promote equality of justice, including such programs as the Legal Services Corporation, the Public Defender’s Program and pro bono work. Also, it includes efforts to make courts work better by eliminating delays and implementing more user-friendly procedures. It may also embrace issues related to the people served such as economic access to the courts, disability issues, gender, race, ethnicity issues, and ways in which changing American demographics affect equal justice for all.

Student submissions will be judged according to creativity, originality, artistic quality and adherence to the theme. The judges’ final decision will be made no later than Tuesday, June 20. The first place winner will receive a $250 savings bond and a plaque. The second place winner will receive a $100 savings bond and plaque. The third place winner will be awarded a plaque.

For more information about Law Day and the theme, visit the web site of the American Bar Association at www.abanet.org/public/ed/lawday.

For further information and contest rules, please call Cynthia A. Pellegrino at the New Jersey State Bar Association at 732-937-7507 or e-mail her at cpellegrino@njsba.com.

The Young Lawyers Division of the NJSBA organizes and promotes activities, including continuing legal education seminars that are of assistance to new lawyers in the practice of law, and encourages pro bono and community service involvement by all new lawyers.

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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