The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association has announced that, due to the overwhelming response received in 2014, the first-of-its-kind Seventh Amendment Scholarship Essay Competition will return for a second year in 2015.
Created to recognize college-bound high school seniors who exhibit a keen awareness of the societal and judicial value of the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution’s right to trial by jury and Georgia’s civil justice system, the competition asks applicants to apply their knowledge of the Seventh Amendment to a real-world situation.
This year, students will be asked to address the following question: “The Right to Trial by Jury is often viewed as ‘The Great Equalizer,’ allowing individuals and small businesses the opportunity to hold the powerful accountable on a level playing field in a court of law. Our country is safer today as a result of Americans having stood up to wrongdoers and powerful corporations who have produced unsafe products and automobiles, knowingly sold lethal prescription drugs, maintained hazardous workplace environments and so much more.
“In the past 100 years, which landmark case(s) do you believe has had the most profound effect on the well-being of American citizens and consumers? In your answer, be sure to expand on the role that access to an open and independent judiciary played in the long-term outcome of the case.”
To apply for the competition, interested parties should submit their completed application and essay to the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association no later than Friday, April 24. A $1,000 grand prize and $500 first runner-up will be awarded, and the recipients will be notified in May 2015. Each one-time scholarship is not renewable, and checks will be issued jointly to the educational institution and the recipients.
For more information on the scholarship essay competition and to view the 2015 application, please visit www.gtla.org/scholarship.
To view the 2014 Seventh Amendment Scholarship grand prize-winning essay, “In Defense of the 7th Amendment” by James Berrigan, visit www.gtla.org/docDownload/669877.