Local Civics Essay Contests

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, in partnership with Federal Bar Association, are sponsoring local civics essay contests. Each year, the national Federal Bar Association (FBA) sponsors a civics essay contest, which is open to middle and high school students nationwide and, for 2019, provides six cash awards totaling $4,500.

Knoxville and Greeneville Divisions

The Knoxville and Greeneville divisions of the federal court and local chapters of the FBA want to encourage local students to participate in the national contest by offering cash awards for high school students who submit entries to both the national and local contests. The local contest is open to public, private, and home high school students from Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, and Washington Counties. The topic for the national and local essay contests is the same, as detailed below: "Cyberbullying and the First Amendment."

2019 Entry Form - Knoxville and Greeneville Divisions

Chattanooga and Winchester Divisions

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee - Chattanooga and Winchester Divisions, in partnership with the Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (EDTN/CCFBA partners), is sponsoring a local civics essay contest. Each year, the national Federal Bar Association (FBA) sponsors its own civics essay contest, which is open to middle and high school students nationwide. The EDTN/CCFBA would like to encourage local students to participate by offering its own prizes for high school students who submit entries to both the national and local contest. The local contest is open to public, private, and home high school students from Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Polk, Rhea, and Sequatchie Counties. The topic for both essay contests is the same, as further explained at the end of this notice: "Cyberbullying and the First Amendment." Technological advances, such as the internet; smart phones, texting,and social networking, off er many new ways for students to communicate. They also open the door to cyberbullying - to students using these means of communication to intimidate or demean other students. How should legislatures and schools balance students' First Amendment speech rights against the serious harm cyberbullying can cause?

In order to enter the local EDTN/CCFBA contest, we invite students to write an essay for submission to both the national and local contests, based upon the criteria and rules outlined for the national contest (following). Submissions for the local EDTN/CCFBA contest are - due February 15, 2019 (please note that submission for the national contest are due January 22, 2019) and may be submitted to the local contest by email to chattcivicsessay@gmail.com. If email is not available, they may be mailed or delivered to: Civics Contest, Attn: Donna Mikel, 711 Cherry Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. In addition to your essay, please fill out and submit the attached form.

2019 Entry Form - Chattanooga and Winchester Divisions