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2017 Civics Contest




The Ninth Circuit is pleased to announce its 2017 Civics Contest.  Students from across the circuit are invited to participate in this exciting event.  

Students will be tasked to develop an essay or video entry which considers and describes the relevance of the Japanese internment today as our nation combats terrorism.  Entries should:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of the internment and its aftermath;
  • Explain what constitutional powers and rights were brought into conflict by the Hirabayashi, Korematsu and Endo cases; and
  • Discuss the important role of the Judicial Branch – then and now – in resolving constitutional     conflicts involving national security and individual rights.

The contest website is now open with details regarding rules and entry instructions, with entries accepted until April 16, 2017.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho is hosting a local contest to determine the finalists 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 Idaho.

The circuit will be presenting cash prizes for the essay and video contests -1st place: $2,000 2nd place: $1,000 3rd place: $500.  Local district winners in each category also will receive prizes of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.

For more information about the district contest, please contact: Kirsten Wilkinson (208) 334-9464/

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The 2017 Civics Contest - "Not to Be Forgotten: Legal Lessons of the Japanese Internment".  




This contest resources page provides links to some of the many sources of information about Japanese internment, civil rights and decisions by the court, and to images and historical background available in the public domain. 

National Park Service- Minidoka Historical Site
Information on the Minidoka Relocation Center, the single largest forced relocation area in U.S. history.
2017 Civics Contest Finalists Announced
Congrats to our local 1st place winners to are finalists to the circuit contest!

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