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Mondale-Quie Essay Contest

2020-21 Contest Information

The contest is open to Minnesota high school students in grades 11 and 12 who attend a public or private school (including charter and alternative-learning programs) or who are home schooled in Minnesota.


Prizes   First Place: $1,000; Second Place: $750; Third Place $500.

Online Contest Registration Begins:  October 23, 2020
Online Essay Submission Deadline:    January 19, 2021
Announcement of Winners:                  March 31, 2021
Awards Luncheon:                                    May 2021

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Question to be answered: The COVID-19 pandemic is not the first time a national emergency has caused the country to weigh public health and safety against individual liberty. Examples include the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus during the Civil War; the Espionage and Sedition Acts during World War I; the Spanish Flu of 1918; the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II; the War on Terror; and, very recently, curfews in response to racial unrest. Based on the U.S. and Minnesota Constitutions, can and, under what circumstances, should, the government limit personal rights during an emergency?

Full contest details, rules, and information are available HERE.  Please be sure to read through this document to ensure your essay is accepted and meets all contest criteria.

2019-2020 Contest Winners

Congratulations to this year's winners!  Thank you to our sponsorship partners, ABOTA and the MSBA Civil Litigation Section.

First place:  Mackenzie Schmidt | Homeschool, Class of 2020 | Felons Should Have the Right to Vote

Second place:  Maddy Breton | St. Paul Academy, Class of 2020 | Second-Class Citizens: The Case Against Felon Disenfranchisement

Third place:  Zachary Dyar | St. Paul Academy, Class of 2020 | The Disenfranchisement of Felons on Probation: A Breach of Fundamental Rights

Since we could not get together for the annual Awards Luncheon, the contest winners were recognized at a virtual ceremony with members of the court.


2018-2019 Contest Winners

Congratulation to this year's essay contest winners!  Thank you to our sponsorship partners, ABOTA and the MSBA Civil Litigation Section.

Gabriel Konar-Steenberg | St. Paul Academy and Summit School | Race is Real: The Equal Protection Implications of Desegregation and Affirmative Action

Lily Nestor | St. Paul Academy and Summit School | Solutions to Segregation: Quotas v. Holistic Review

Gabriela Hernandez | Breck School | Law of Ignorance



2017-2018 Contest Winners

The 2017-18 essay contest explored hate speech in the context of the 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in R.A.V. v. St. Paul.  Thank you to our sponsorship partners, ABOTA and the MSBA Civil Litigation Section. Winning essays were selected by a panel of judges to receive a $500 scholarship.  

The winning essays are:

Stephanie Frisch | St Paul Academy and Summit School A National Dilemma: Hate Speech Censorship
Edmond Laird-Raylor | St. Paul Academy and Summit SchoolRegulation or Respect
Isabelle Lindahl | Chisago Lakes High School | One Nation, Under the Constitutional Amendments
Georgia Pharris | Southwest High School | Free Speech and its Limits
Amelia Roth | Cook County High School Hate Speech is Free Speech

2016-17 Contest Winners

Congratulations to the students whose essays were selected by a panel of judges to receive a $500 scholarship.  Thank you to our sponsorship partners, ABOTA and the MSBA Civil Litigation Section. 

The winning essays are:

Carly Dammann - Chanhassen High School  Essay
John (Campbell) Morrison - The Blake School  Hand It Over:Exploring the Danger Of Power In an Age of Technological Advancement
Marie Nalan - Grand Rapids High School  Reasonable Suspicion in the Digital Age
Grace Seeley - The Blake School  The Fourth Amendment Strikes Back: When Can Student Phones Lawfully Be Searched?
Cole Woerner - The Blake School  The Court Should Clarify, and do so with Care
Elena Stanley - Duluth East High School  Expectation of Privacy

2015-16 Contest Winners

Congratulations to the students whose essays were selected by a panel of judges to receive a $500 scholarship.  Thank you to our sponsorship partners, ABOTA and the MSBA Civil Litigation Section. 

      

The names of the winning authors are:

Ken Han – Eden Prairie High School    A Day in the Life of the Magna Carta
Grant Kleiman – Hutchinson High School    Magna Carta Matters Today
Celina Ough – East Ridge High School       Protesting the Patriot Act
Katherine Yan – Eden Prairie High School        Pay Discrimination, the Lilly Ledbetter Act, and the Magna Carta


2014-15 Essay Contest Winners

Five essays were selected by a panel of judges to receive a $500 scholarship.  Thank you to our sponsorship partners, ABOTA and the MSBA Civil Litigation Section. 

The names of the winning authors are:

Aaron Shoemaker - Saint Peter High School   Social Media Ethics: The Rights of the Student in Public Schools
Julia Rock - The Blake School
Edwina King - Park Center Int’l Baccalaureate  The Reality of Students in the Digital Age 
Hannah Magarian - The Blake School
Weston Nelson - Roseau Homeschool  Free Speech Comes With a Cost: Responsibility

2013-14 Essay Contest Winners

Five essays were selected by a panel of judges to receive a $500 scholarship.  Thank you to our sponsorship partners, ABOTA and the MSBA Civil Litigation Section. 

The names of the winning authors are:

Cade Zacharias - Hermantown
Christopher Hofstadter - Blake School
Kate Gross - Hawley Secondary
Andrew Magnuson - Chisago Lakes
Alex Long - Bryon High School in Rochester


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