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The Lycoming Law Association and the Lycoming County Paralegal Association are pleased to announce the topics for the 2018 Law Day Essay and Art Contest. Cash prizes of $75.00 will be awarded to multiple winning entries. There will be a $125.00 cash prize for the Best Essay and Best Art entry.

This year's theme is: '"Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom." The topics for the essays and art projects are as follows:

Essay Contest for Grades K-5 - Write an essay, not to exceed 300 words, on the subject: Identify the three branches of government and explain how each branch of government can influence or limit powers of the other two branches.

Essay Contest for Grades 6-12 - Write an essay, not to exceed 1,000 words, on the subject: There are lots of examples of "checks and balances" throughout the history of the United States. Identify an instance where one branch of the United States government exceeded its power and was kept "in check" by another branch. Explain how this "check" has restored the "balance" of power in the United States. Explain how the framework of the constitution works to protect the rights of Americans.

Art Contest (All Grades) - Art projects include posters, dioramas, videos, poems, creative writings, etc. Art submissions should not be any larger than 4 feet by 4 feet. Video submissions may not exceed five minutes. Art Contest Theme: Separation of Power – Framework for Freedom - Transforming American Democracy.

The following information must be placed on the back of all entries: Student's Name, Grade, Teacher, School and School Telephone Number. All entries are subject to public presentation, display and/or viewing. For additional information, please visit the Facebook page for Lycoming County Law Day.

Deadline: All entries must be submitted to the Lycoming Law Association, 25 West Third Street, Suite 803, Williamsport, by March 29, 2018 at 12:00PM. It is preferred that entries be submitted by mail; however, arrangements can be made to personally deliver to the Lycoming Law Association by contacting Michele Frey at 570-323-8287.

Celebration: The winners of the 2018 Law Day Contest will present their essays and art at the Lycoming County Law Day Celebration held on May 4, 2018 at 4:00PM in Courtroom #1.