The lawyers and judges of the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, through the Middle District Bench Bar Fund and the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
The contest is open to students in counties in the Jacksonville Division of the Middle District of Florida: Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Hamilton, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, and Union.
Students in grades 10 through 12 attending public, private, parochial and charter schools, and homeschooled students of equivalent grade status are invited to participate.
Children, grandchildren, stepchildren, and members of the household of a federal judge, a federal court employee, or a member of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association are excluded.
The essay and entry form must be submitted by noon EST on October 7, 2019. The entry form includes instructions for submitting your essay. Please complete your essay before submitting the entry form.
The essay must respond to the prompt. The essay must be the original work of the person submitting the essay.
Only one essay may be submitted per student. All essays must be submitted online. Hard-copy submissions will not be accepted.
To submit an essay, a student must:
The essays will be judged by lawyers and judges in the Jacksonville Division. Their decisions will be final.
Winners will be announced on or about November 11, 2019, and recognized at a special ceremony at the Bryan Simpson United States Courthouse on November 20, 2019.
The top three winners will also be invited to attend a luncheon on December 12, 2019. Additionally, the first place winner will be invited to shadow a judge at a mutually agreeable weekday and time.
Grounds for Disqualification
License to Use Essays, Names, and Photographs
Winners will be required to submit a release allowing the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida to publish the essay in print publications and on court public websites.
In addition, winners will be asked to provide and authorize use of photographs of themselves in contest-related promotional materials, which may include photographs taken at the November 20, 2019, ceremony and December 12, 2019, luncheon.