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SAN FRANCISCO–LAWFUEL – US Law News, Law Jobs –The State Bar of California is holding an essay contest for 4th and 5th graders in honor of the 2007 re-release of Kids and the Law: An A-to-Z Guide for Parents. Students are being asked to write on laws that affect them – from curfews and skateboarding restrictions to “tagging” and wearing gang colors at school.

Through a generous grant from the Foundation of the State Bar of California, winners will receive U.S. savings bonds as well as be invited to a celebratory luncheon with State Bar and other officials.

“Educating the public about the legal system is at the core of the Foundation’s mission and there is no better vehicle to accomplish this than through publications like Kids & the Law,” said Scott Wylie, president of the Foundation. “The essay contest is another concrete way we can encourage our youth to understand and respect themselves and the law. We are proud to provide funding support for the effort.”

First-place winner will receive a $250 savings bond. Second-place winner will receive a $100 savings bond. Third-place winner will receive a $50 savings bond. Two honorable mentions will each receive a $25 savings bond.

Fourth and fifth graders who enter the contest should follow these rules:

Pick a law in existence (it can be one discussed in Kids and the Law) that affects children and tell why it is a good or bad law. If you think the law should be amended or eliminated, explain how and why. If you have an idea for a new law that affects children, write about that, explaining why it is important and how it would benefit society.
The essay, which will be judged by teachers on logic, thoughtfulness, seriousness of purpose and clarity, should be between 150 and 300 words. At the top, include name, address, phone number, school and grade. This is an essay competition for 4th and 5th graders only.
Mailed submissions must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2007. E-mailed submissions must be received by Feb. 1, 2007.
Free copies of Kids and the Law are available from Diane Curtis, Public Information Officer for the State Bar. Send an e-mail to [email protected] or call (415) 538-2028. An online version is available on the State Bar’s Web site at www.calbar.ca.gov. Essays may be e-mailed to Diane Curtis or sent via mail to Essay/Office of Media and Information Services, The State Bar of California, 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105.

The State Bar publishes a number of consumer publications, including Kids and the Law, When You Become 18: A Survival Guide for Teenagers and Seniors and the Law: A Guide for Maturing Californians, which are all free. The bar also publishes pamphlets for the series, “Get the Legal Facts of Life,” which discuss everything from how to find a lawyer, living trusts, employee rights and jury duty to small claims court and divorce and custody. More information is available on the Web site at www.calbar.ca.gov (go to “Consumer Pamphlets” on the righthand side of the home page) or call (415) 538-2283.

Founded in 1927 by the state legislature, The State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, serving the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 75 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the State Bar. In December 2006, membership reached more than 206,700.

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