LAW DAY ESSAY CONTESTSPONSORED BY
The Sandy Springs Municipal Court and Sandy Springs Bar Association
Open to all high school students in Sandy Springs
First Place: $100
Second Place: $75
Third Place: $50
Winners will be recognized at the May 3, 2016 meeting of the Sandy Springs City Council.
Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), was a landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court. In a 5–4 majority, the Court held that statements made in response to interrogation by a defendant in police custody will be admissible at trial only if the prosecution can show that the defendant was informed of the right to consult with an attorney before and during questioning and of the right against self-incrimination before police questioning, and that the defendant not only understood these rights, but voluntarily waived them.
Students can address the topic considering the following questions:
• Why is it important for people suspected of a crime and who are being questioned by police to have their Miranda rights read to them?
• Do you think people should have the right to remain silent and the right to have an attorney present when being asked questions by police?
• With the Miranda warning so well-known in our American culture, is it still necessary to exclude information or confessions given without the warning?
• Was the Supreme Court decision a good thing?
Essays must be typed or written legibly and double spaced. Essays must be no more than 500 words. Any sources consulted in writing the essay must be cited (citations do not have to be included in the word count). Essays will be judged on content, personal reflection, originality, craftsmanship and adherence to the theme. The entry must include a title page with the student’s full name, telephone number, address, grade, school, and parents’ names.
The deadline for entry is April 22, 2016. You can submit your entry by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via postal mail at Law Day, c/o City of Sandy Springs, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, Ga. 30350
About Law Day
Law Day is an annual commemoration first held in 1957 when American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes envisioned a special national day to mark our nation’s commitment to the rule of law. The following year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Law Day Proclamation. Law Day was made official in 1961 when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day.