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
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
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.
Rebecca E. Farbo
Earl Wells/Therese Hickok
SOURCE Phillips Lytle LLP