About the Competition
Straker Bar Association in collaboration with Wolverine Bar Association and the Association of Black Judges of Michigan are preparing to engage high school students through written and oral advocacy on academic and/or current events to discuss critical issues that affect our country, while helping them earn money for college , and gain exposure to mentoring and career opportunities.
Each year, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major For Justice Advocacy Competition Committee, on behalf of the three sponsoring Associations, invite 11th and 12th grade students from select high schools in the Detroit Metro Area to participate in this exciting and worthwhile Competition. The purpose of the MLK Advocacy Competition is to promote oral advocacy among high school students and encourage students to develop and improve their analytical and writing skills.
To participate in the MLK Advocacy Competition, students must submit an essay analyzing an issue using the principles espoused by Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. Typically, the essay topic relates directly to academic and/or societal realities that some students encounter each day.
This year’s essay topic is:
Each participating student must submit an essay of not more than 1000 words on the abovestated topic. Members of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, the Association of Black Judges of Michigan, and the Wolverine Bar Association will review the essays to select the finalists.
Typically, five finalists are selected. All finalists must compete in the oral advocacy portion of the Competition, scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017, Wayne State University Law School, Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at Wayne Law, 471 W. Palmer St., Detroit, MI 48202. All finalists will be assigned a lawyer mentor to assist them in preparing their oral presentation (three to five minutes) to a panel of judges from Michigan state and/or federal courts, who will rank the finalists based on the content of their presentations and oratorical skills.
The essay requirements are included on the attached submission rules and guidelines. Strict adherence to the stated requirements is necessary. Failure to adhere to the guidelines may result in the disqualification of the submission.
We encourage teachers to consider using this Competition as a starting point for a class project. In the past, students attending various schools in Oakland and Wayne counties have successfully participated in the Competition. We invite all students who submit entries, their families, sponsors, members of the participating Associations, the press, and others to attend the advocacy portion of the Competition.
We believe that your students will find involvement in this Competition most rewarding, and we look forward to their participation. Should you have any questions regarding the Competition, please do not hesitate to contact Chairperson, Michael K. Jackson, II at (248) 866-5942 or via email at email@example.com.
Essay Competition and Oral Advocacy Competition.
Essay Competition: Attorneys or judges will be chosen to judge the student’s essay in advance of the Oral Advocacy Competition. Registration and Essay submission deadline is Thursday, March 30, 2017 (ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 5P.M.) See Essay Question, Requirements and Research Guide in the document below.
2017 MLK Essay Invitation with Research Guide
Oral Advocacy Competition: Finalist advance to the Oral Advocacy Round. This stage of the Competition will be held on May 20, 2017.
ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 5:00 P.M. ON TUESDAY, March 30, 2017
ENTRIES MAY BE SUBMITTED USING ONE OF THE FOLLOWING METHODS:
Michael K. Jackson, II, Esq.
City of Detroit Corporation Counsel 2 Woodward Ave, Suite 500 Detroit, Michigan 48226
Fax: (313) 224-5505
Every year, dozens of people volunteer their time and make it possible for all of us to honor the legacy of Dr. King. We couldn’t have done it in the past without them and we your help to make this year a success.
For questions about volunteering, please contact Michael K. Jackson, II, Esq., at (248) 866-5942 or firstname.lastname@example.org.