February 10th, 2018

I’m forwarding this to all the teachers I know. Feel free to spread the word.

The deadline is May 1st.

From the desk of Ralph Nader:

What do an exploding car, Taylor Swift’s assailant and a killer building material all have in common? Wrongdoers were brought to justice with tort law and trial by jury!

The American Museum of Tort Law is excited to announce our Tort Law and Democracy Essay Contest. We invite all students grades 9 -12 to participate. A prestigious panel of experts – many of them law professors – will judge the entries.

As a result of jury verdicts, and the work of trial lawyers representing specific victims, the country as a whole is safer and more aware: Products have been improved, or removed from the market; civil rights have been protected and defended; and the environment is cleaner. These two – tort law, and trial by jury – are more important than ever in protecting our citizens from corporate wrongdoing and governmental overreach.

The American Museum of Tort Law, founded by Ralph Nader, is the only Museum of its type in the world. It celebrates the importance of tort law as a way to empower people to right wrongs; and the importance, too, of trial by jury. Tort law – the law of wrongful injuries – is truly law of the people, by the people, and for the people. It is the law that protects (or compensates) people from injury or death caused by negligence, reckless or intentional wrongdoing. It protects people from corporate wrongdoing, from dangerous and defective products, toxic environmental disasters, unsafe medicines and foods, and a host of other dangers. Juries serve as the conscience and voice of the community, and exemplify the power of citizen involvement in our government.

The Topic: “How Tort Law and Civil Trial by Jury Protect All Americans”

Who is eligible: All high school students, grades 9 through 12, in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

First Prize: $1000, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Museum in Winsted Connecticut for the presentation of the award by Executive Director Rick Newman, and noted consumer advocate Ralph Nader.

Five runners-up: $500 each, and a book signed by Ralph Nader.

Fifty best remaining essays will receive Certificates of Honorable Mention.

Registration: The cost to enter is $15 (may be waived – see Rules), and all contestants will receive a large facsimile of the Declaration of Independence*, the document that started our country.

The Essay:

  • 750 to 1500 words, not including citations and bibliography
  • All submissions must be emailed by May 1st, 2018
  • Questions? Email us.

    Register to enter here.

    You can’t win if you don’t enter…


    1. Mary Jo says:

      Forwarded this to my niece.

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