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March 29, 2016

Deadline April 15: 2016 Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest

Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division, entries are being received for the 2016 Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest. $1,000 College Scholarship will be awarded to a Philadelphia high school junior or senior (public, private, parochial or charter school) who writes the winning essay on the question:

"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you."

This warning, known as the Miranda Rights, must be given by a police officer at the time an arrest is made.
Do we need Miranda Rights? Why or why not?

Entries must be received by Friday, April 15, 2016 at 12 p.m. Essays will be judged on merit, with adherence to the above theme being a significant criterion for judging. Essays should be at least 1,000 words and typed or printed legibly. Please include your name, address, telephone number and school on a cover sheet accompanying your essay. Essay titles will not count toward the word requirement.

Mail or email essays to: Thomas E. Rogers, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 or to The winner will be invited to read their winning essay at the Naturalization Ceremony at the Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

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