New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

2015 Black History Month Celebration


The Minorities in the Profession Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association is pleased to announce its annual BLACK HISTORY MONTH CONTEST. The purpose of this competition is to showcase and share the knowledge of our youth and encourage excellence in writing by New Jersey high school students.

This year, New Jersey high school students were asked to write a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council regarding the Dominican Republic's policy of ethnic denationalization of its citizens of Haitian descent.

Click here for a detailed description of the essay topic and contest rules. 

Contest Deadlines:

  • Qualifying essays must be submitted by midnight, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.
  • Essay finalists and runners-up will be announced by noon, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.
  • Students must confirm their attendance and participation in the trivia contest by Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.

Trivia Contest:

Students who submit an essay will qualify for the opportunity to compete in a Black History Trivia Contest on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at the New Jersey Law Center to compete for the following cash prizes:

First Place       $250.00 Gift Card
Second Place   $150.00 Gift Card
Third Place      $100.00 Gift Card

Runners-up       $25.00 Gift Card


Students: Click here to print the Study Guide for the trivia contest.

Each contestant will also receive a certificate of merit for their participation. All prizes will be presented to the students on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at the New Jersey Law Center.

Black History Month

2015 Program and Trivia Contest

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

6 - 9 p.m.

New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick


Keynote Speaker

Joseph Champagne, Esq.


Featured Visual Artist

Ricardo Basilo Coke


Music by the Trenton High School Orchestra


Trivia Contest hosted by Steve G. Hockaday


Click here to download the registration form.


Brach Eichler, LLP

Day Pitney, LLP

Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP

Lindabuary McCormick Estabrook & Cooper

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, PA

Skey & Bhattacharya, LLC

Skoloff & Wolfe, PC

Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, PA



Asian Pacific American Lawyes Association

Association of Black Women Lawyers

Caribbean Bar Association of New Jersey

Garden State Bar Association

Haitian American Lawyers Association of New Jersey

Hispanic Bar Association

Korean American Bar Association of New Jersey

New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association

South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey