Community Outreach

2012 Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest


Named for former Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Edward F. Chacker, the 2012 contest offers a $1,000 college scholarship to High School Seniors who attend public, parochial, charter or private schools in Philadelphia. Seniors are asked to write an essay of at least 1,000 words on the question:

"If you were chosen to advise soon-to-be United States citizens at their Naturalization Ceremony, what would you tell them are two economic or political problems you see facing the United States today? What role can we, as citizens, play to address these problems?"

The winner will receive his or her award at the Naturalization Ceremony at the Federal Courthouse on May 1, 2012. Submissions should include the student's name, address, telephone number and school on a cover sheet accompanying the essay.

All entries must be received by Aimee Cirucci at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or by NOON on Friday, April 20, 2012 or email to chackeressay@philabar.org. Please keep quotations to a minimum.

Click here for a printable Essay Contest flyer

2012 Poster Contest


The Law Week Poster Contest is open to 4th, 5th and 6th grade students from Philadelphia public, private, charter and parochial schools. All applicable students are asked to:

Draw a picture showing how the court system protects your rights.

Posters should be produced on standard 22" x 28" poster board and students should include their name, address, telephone number and school on the back of the poster. Savings Bonds will be awarded for the top three posters in each grade group: First place, $250; second place, $100; and third place, $50.

All entries must be received by Aimee Cirucci at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 by NOON on Friday, April 20, 2012.

Click here for a printable Poster Contest flyer