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2019 High School Essay Contest

SEPARATION OF POWERS, CHECKS AND BALANCES, 2019 High School Essay Contest

2019 High School Essay Contest

The lawyers and judges of the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, through the Middle District Bench Bar Fund, and the members of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association are pleased to invite students currently in grades 10 through 12 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) to participate in an essay contest.

Prompt

The Founding Fathers created a "divided government" by separating important powers among each of the three branches – executive, legislative, and judicial. To prevent any one branch from becoming too powerful, the Framers established a system of checks and balances. Some argue, however, the concepts of separation of powers and checks and balances undermine the government's ability to swiftly and decisively respond to problems facing the nation.

Identify a historical or current event that exemplifies the concepts of separation of powers and checks and balances. Drawing on primary sources, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a "divided government."


FIRST PLACE: $2,000
SECOND PLACE: $1,000
THIRD PLACE: $500
FOURTH THROUGH TENTH PLACE: $50
CLASSROOM GRANTS: $500
To the Teachers of the Top-Three Winners
 

 

 

ENTRIES MUST BE
SUBMITTED ONLINE

WWW.FLMD.USCOURTS.GOV
 
 

 
 

Questions?

Contact Suzanne Judas, Community Outreach Coordinator, at
(904) 910-0354, communityoutreach@jaxfedbar.org
or
Kirsten Clement, Staff Attorney, at
(904) 301-6820, kirsten_clement@flmd.uscourts.gov.
 

 
 

DEADLINE
NOON, OCTOBER 7, 2019

 

 

2019 High School Essay Contest Resources

Contest Rules

Essay Prompt

Essay Submission

Information for Teachers

August 12, 2019