Business Law

Update on the 2019 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest

The following is an update on the 2019 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest.

Each year the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit holds a civics contest for high school students. This year the Civics Contest theme is: The 4th Amendment in the 21st Century: What Is An “Unreasonable Search and Seizure” in the Digital Age.

To compete in the Civics Contest, students can submit an essay or up to three students can submit a video. The top three finishers in each category will receive sizeable cash prizes. The students who win first place, along with a parent/guardian, will also receive round trip airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the opening session of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, which will be held this summer in Spokane, Washington.

More information regarding the Civics Contest is available on the Ninth Circuit website. Submissions are currently being accepted, and the submission deadline is April 1.

The Ninth Circuit Civics Contest is open to high school students at all grade levels and to home-schooled students of equivalent grade status. Students from public, private, parochial and charter schools may enter. The contest is organized by the Ninth Circuit Courts and Community Committee and co-sponsored by the federal courts within the Ninth Circuit. Contest winners will be announced in June.

If you have a high school student in your family, or know a high school student, please encourage them to submit an essay, video, or both. It is a great way for high school students to learn more about the Constitution and the important role of our courts. For further information, please feel free to e-mail

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