Phillips Lytle LLP and New York State Bar Association Launch Statewide Essay Contest in Recognition of 50th Anniversary of Brown V. Board of Education
Five winners will be selected to meet Linda and Cheryl Brown and a receive
$500 savings bond
BUFFALO, N.Y., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Phillips Lytle LLP, with offices in Buffalo, Rochester, Chautauqua, Albany, New York City and Garden City, in conjunction with the New York State Bar Association, today announced a statewide essay contest in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education in which the high court ruled separate but equal as unconstitutional. Five winners will be selected and will have the opportunity to meet Linda and Cheryl Brown at a program series commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown V. Board of Education at the Robert H. Jackson Center and the Chautauqua Institution from April 28 through 29, 2004. "Brown v. Board is one of the most historic Supreme Court rulings, and the decision ruling separate but equal as unconstitutional essentially began the civil rights movement," Gregory L. Peterson, Esq., Board President, Robert H. Jackson Center and a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP said. "We are very honored to be sponsoring the statewide essay contest with the New York State Bar Association as well as the program series featuring the Brown sisters and four of the clerks to the Justices that served on the Court during the Brown ruling." The essay contest is open to high school students throughout the state who must be studying American History and currently enrolled in an American History and Government class. The subject of the essay is: "Can separate ever be equal?" The essay should demonstrate an understanding of the history and importance of the Supreme Court ruling in the case. Essays must be received no later than March 15, 2004 and the winning essays will be chosen by April 15, 2004. "Brown v. Board of Education has significant historical relevance to school age children, especially high school students who are studying the Supreme Court for the first time," Debbie Shayo, Executive Director, New York State Bar Association, Law, Youth and Citizenship program said. "It is important that our youth study, remember and commemorate such decisions as Brown V. Board of Education which forever changed public education in America." Essays will be judged on the understanding of the subject in question; original thinking relative to the subject; effectiveness in presenting a point-of-view; and, good literary style and technique. The judging panel will be comprised of teachers and educators selected by the New York State Bar Association (Law, Youth and Citizenship Program). For more information about contest rules and procedures 716-483-6646 or visit www.roberthjacksoncenter.org or www.nysba.org. CONTACT: Rebecca E. Farbo Phillips Lytle 716-847-8307 Earl Wells/Therese Hickok E-3 Communications 716-854-8182
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