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Christine Morganti
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Essays Wanted for State Bar Contest

Albuquerque, N.M. – The State Bar of New Mexico is accepting entries from high school juniors and seniors from around the state for its annual essay contest.

This year’s assignment is entitled The “Facts,” which deals with students’ use of social media and First Amendment rights. 

Thoughtful essays expressing personal points of view will be accepted until March 9, 2010.
Essays must contain 1000–1500 words and will be judged by a panel of judges, lawyers, State Bar staff, and educators.

The law firm of Modrall, Sperling, Roehl, Harris & Sisk PA, will sponsor cash awards of $1000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. Winners will receive their awards at the annual Albuquerque Bar Association Law Day Luncheon in May.

Last year’s winners were first place, Kayla Jones, Valley Christian Academy, Roswell; second place, Kendra Poole, Valley High School, Albuquerque; and third place, Sarah Zager,  Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque

Now in its 21st year, the contest is sponsored by the State Bar to promote higher education and to encourage an appreciation of the law.

Contest materials have been sent to schools throughout New Mexico. Students may obtain information on the topic and an entry form through their high school language arts or social studies teachers or online at

The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.