SAN FRANCISCO—The Administrative Office of the Courts, in partnership with the Constitutional Rights Foundation and the California State PTA, is pleased to announce the winners of the third annual First Amendment Cartoon Contest today. The theme of this year’s contest is “Free Expression through the ‘rights of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.’”
The six first-prize recipients are from California, Illinois, and North Carolina. Thirty finalists from California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, Utah, and the District of Columbia, receive honorable mention. Their artwork may be viewed here.
The First Amendment Cartoon Contest was announced on Bill of Rights Day on December 15, and was opened to elementary, middle, and high school students nationally. Criteria for judging are based on students’ understanding of the First Amendment, creativity, and artistic merit. There were 1,010 submissions. See here for a complete list of recipients.
Organizers of the contest hope to increase student understanding of the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution as well as to help educate youth about the role of the judicial branch and their role as future jurors.
Law Day is a national day to celebrate the rule of law and its contributions to the freedoms Americans enjoy as well as the essential role informed citizens play in a democracy. To see other law-related education programs, visit this page.