Oregon & Ninth Circuit Civics Contest

captureUPDATE: The deadline for entries in the contest has been extended to accommodate spring break in many school districts. Essays and videos are now due by noon (12 p.m.) PDT on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Civics education begins with understanding the Constitution, which defines our individual rights and the power of the state. To that end, please consider participating in a civics essay contest.

The theme is “Not to be Forgotten: Legal Lessons of the Japanese Internment.” Through an essay and/or short video, students are asked to “consider and describe the relevance of the Japanese internment today as our nation combats terrorism.”

This contest is open to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders in public, private, parochial and charter high schools, and to home-schooled students of equivalent grade level status.

The top three entries in the Oregon contest for both the essay and video competition will be recognized by the U.S. District Court of Oregon judges as well as awarded cash prizes. Those six entries will then advance to the Ninth Circuit contest and the top three finishers for both the essay and video competitions will be recognized at the Ninth Circuit Conference in San Francisco, California as well as receive cash prizes for first, second and third places.

Further contest rules, entry instructions and more instructions are available here.

The U.S. District Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon are hosting a local contest to determine the top three state finalists in both the essay and video contests who will go on to compete for cash prizes in the circuit contest. To be eligible to compete in the Oregon contest, students must reside in the State of Oregon. In addition to advancement to the circuit contest, local district winners will receive cash prizes and be invited to the award presentation at the FBA Annual Dinner on May 25, 2017. For more information about the local contest, please contact: the Hon. Judge Russo at Jolie_Russo@ord.uscourts.gov.

Haggerty Scholars Program

The FBA Oregon Chapter Ancer Haggerty Scholars Program offers current high school juniors an opportunity to explore their interests in law and civil rights.  Scholars selected for the program are recognized at the annual FBA Oregon Chapter dinner to kick off the program.  Program participants then meet with a local attorney mentor, visit one or more law offices (such as a law firm, government prosecutor, or defender’s office) during a week over the summer break, and attend law and civil rights events during the 2017-2018 school year.

For more information about Judge Haggerty’s career, see the U.S. District Court Historical Society pages here and  here.

Eligibility requirements: The Haggerty Scholars Program is for current high school juniors (graduating in 2018) with an interest in law and civil rights. Students must be willing to attend the annual FBA Oregon Chapter dinner on May 25, 2017 with a parent or teacher, meet with an attorney mentor on a regular basis, visit legal workplaces during one week over the summer break, and attend law and civil rights events during the 2017-2018 school year.

How to apply: Submit a completed application no later than April 14, 2017, to: BBeel@perkinscoie.com, or Bryan Beel, Perkins Coie LLP, 1120 NW Couch Street, Tenth Floor, Portland, OR, 97209.  Application is available here:  haggerty-scholars-application-2017-2018.

FBA Civics Essay Contest


The national Federal Bar Association is sponsoring a civics essay contest for middle school and high school students.  Winners receive a cash prize and a trip to Washington, D.C.   In a separate contest, students can also nominate their teacher for an Excellence in Civics Education Award. Full details are available HERE.  Note that the deadline to apply is January 23, 2017.

The Oregon Chapter of the FBA is spreading the word about these contests and hopes that Oregon students will apply. Please share these contests with any students or teachers who may be interested.

William V. Deatherage American Inn of Court – Program May 5th in Medford

The William V. Deatherage American Inn of Court will be presenting the next program of the season on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 6 to 8pm at Inn at The Commons, 200 N. Riverside Avenue, Medford. Please note May’s meeting is scheduled for the first Thursday of the month (instead of the typical second Thursday of the month).

This month’s program will be presented with the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. The program will include a panel of federal and state trial judges and a trial attorney who will, among other things, provide advice on being successful in the different courts, the key differences between courts, and review significant rules including the new proportionality discovery rules in federal court. The panel will be Chief Judge Michael Mosman, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, U. S. Magistrate Judge Jolie Russo, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon Jackson County Presiding Judge Tim Gerking, and attorney Tracy McGovern.

The program will include a 1 hour social hour/dinner followed by a 1 hour CLE. Dinner will be catered by “Larks.” The guest price for dinner is $30.00 per person. The cost of dinner for members is included in the membership fees.   1 General CLE credit is pending for the program.

Please send your RSVP by Thursday, April 28, 2016 to corinne@andersenlaw.com (regardless of whether you are a member or a guest).

We look forward to seeing you there!