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BOISE — Idaho’s federal district court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals are sponsoring a civics contest for high school students on the theme of “150 Years After Ratification of the 14th Amendment: What Does Equal Protection Mean to Students?”

Participants may enter in either or both of two contests: 1) An individual may electronically upload an essay between 500 to 1,000 words in length; 2) A team of not more than three may submit a video from three to five minutes in length. The essay or video must demonstrate an understanding of the historical background of the Equal Protection Clause, as well as discuss the role of the judicial branch in preserving the right to equal education. Entries will be accepted beginning Feb. 1 at http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/civicscontest/. The deadline is April 1.

The Federal Judges Association and the Federal Bar Association are also sponsoring a civics contest on the same theme. Entries are currently being accepted and the deadline is Feb. 28.

More information: http://www.fedbar.org

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