2018 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest

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An essay and video contest open to high school students in the western United States and Pacific Islands.

Entries accepted beginning February 1, 2018. Deadline for entries is April 1, 2018.

CASH PRIZES for Winners of the Essay and Video Competitions:   

1st place: $2,000*   2nd place: $1,000   3rd place: $500

*Plus!  Travel and accommodations to attend the 2018 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in Anaheim, California

Contest rules, entry instructions, and more information is available at:


The prompt for the 2018 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest is “What does equal protection mean to students?”.  Students should consider how the Equal Protection Clause applies in high schools, colleges, and graduate schools, whether in admissions, classrooms, or on the athletic fields.  Individual students can express their thoughts and ideas in an essay of between 500 and 1,000 words. Individuals and teams of up to three students can produce a 3-5 minute video on the theme. A student may submit both an essay and video. A student may submit only one essay and be involved in the production of only one video.

The essay or video should: 1) Demonstrate an understanding of the historical background of the Equal Protection Clause; 2) Explain the constitutional powers and rights relevant to the court cases and laws mentioned above; and 3) Discuss the important role of the Judicial Branch in preserving the rights of Americans to equal education.

The 2018 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest is open to high school students in nine western states and two Pacific island jurisdictions. Students from public, private, parochial and charter schools and home-schooled students of equivalent grade status may enter.

The U.S. District Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon are hosting a local contest to determine the top three state finalists in both the essay and video contests who will go on to compete for cash prizes in the circuit contest. To be eligible to compete in the local contest, students must reside in the state of Oregon. In addition to advancement to the circuit contest, local district winners will receive cash prizes and be invited to the award presentation at the FBA Annual Dinner in May 2018.

For more information about the local contest, please contact Judge Russo (541) 431-4125 / Jolie_Russo@ord.uscourts.gov or Judge Renn (541) 431-4050 / Tom_Renn@orb.uscourts.gov

Season Pass to FBA Portland Lunches

The slate of monthly lunches in Portland is as follows:

  • September 14, 2017 – Judge Michael H. Simon – Reflections on the Adversary System in Civil & Criminal Cases (Past).
  • October 19, 2017 – Assistant United States Attorney Katie de Villiers – Discussing Issues of Forfeiture in the Federal Courts (Past).
  • November 16, 2017 – Mat dos Santos – American Civil Liberties Union – Discussing Central Topics for the ACLU (Past).
  • January 18, 2018 – Chief Judge Michael W. Mosman – State of the Court Address.  Register HERE.
  • February 15, 2018 – Steven Wax – Oregon Innocence Project – Innocence Claims in Federal Courts
  • March 15, 2018 – Judge Anna Brown
  • April 19, 2018 – Judges Youlee Yim You & Stacie F. Beckerman
  • May 2018, Date TBD – Mystery Ninth Circuit Judge

All lunches are held @ noon at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse.  You can also register for individual lunches by watching for email announcements a few weeks prior to each lunch.

Reigning Roses Walk

Reigning Roses Walk

The Oregon Chapter of the FBA is pleased to sponsor the Reigning Roses Walk 5k on Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017.  Join us at Castaway Portland, 1900 NW 18th Ave., Portland, OR 97209 and look for the FBA Table.

The Reigning Roses Walk benefits Rose Haven, a day shelter and community center in Portland serving women and children who are experiencing the trauma of abuse, loss of home, and other disruptive life challenges. The Reigning Roses Walk is a beautiful route through Northwest Portland and will start and finish at Castaway Portland.

FBA members, along with their family, friends, and co-workers are invited to join the FBA team. Registration and details can be found on Rose Haven’s page HERE There is no minimum fee to register, however members are encouraged to make a personal donation or ask others to support their participation.

Unable to make it? Does your company make charitable donations? Consider making a donation to the FBA team. 100% of all proceeds will benefit Rose Haven. Visit the FBA team page for FBA Team Donations

Questions? Please contact team captain Jack Scholz at jscholz@chernofflaw.com.