2021 Black History Month

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The Minorities in the Profession Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association is pleased to announce its annual BLACK HISTORY MONTH CONTEST for New Jersey high school students. This is an opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and to encourage excellence in writing. We also aim to keep an open dialogue to educate our youth about the importance of Black History through this program.
To participate, New Jersey high school students were asked to read the 2021 Essay Topic and submit an essay (1500 words or less) answering these questions:
A. Why was Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 originally passed into law?
B. What has been its impact?
C. Should it be changed? Why or why not and if so, how?


Five essay finalists and three runners-up will be announced here on February 12. All participants will be notified by email and/or phone.  

Essay finalists and runners-up will have the opportunity to compete in a virtual trivia contest on February 25.
1st Place $500
2nd Place $300
3rd Place $200
Runners-up and honorable mentions will receive $100
Click here to download the official contest rules
January 20 - Essay submission deadline
February 12 - Essay finalists and runners-up will be notified
February 19 - Selected students must confirm attendance for Award Reception and Trivia Contest
2021 MIPS Black History Month Celebration
Thurs., February 25 on Zoom
6 - 8:30 p.m.

Click here to visit the Virtual Art Show
This virtual event will be presented by the NJSBA Minorities in the Profession Section on Zoom. Featuring winners of our annual essay competition facing off in a trivia contest for cash prizes. Additional program features include music by the Trenton High School Orchestra, a keynote speaker and a virtual art show. Click here for more information or to register for this event.  

Sponsored by
Black Prosecutors Association of New Jersey
Brach Eichler
Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law
Duane Morris, LLP
Garden State Bar Association
Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla
Hill Wallack LLP
Investors Bank
Law Offices of Doris Lin, Esq.
Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.
McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
Miller Leiby & Associates P.C.
New Jersey State Bar Foundation
Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. 
Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland, Perretti, LLP
Saiber LLC
Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey
Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey
Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
LGBT Rights Section of the NJSBA
New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association
South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey  

Please consider becoming a sponsor for this event. Click here to download the sponsor form.