Law Day Essay contest focused on separation of powers


The Rhode Island Bar Association, the Rhode Island Judiciary, and the Rhode Island Police Chief’s Association, with support from the Rhode Island Department of Education and Roger Williams University School of Law, are sponsoring the annual, 2018 Hon. Francis J. Darigan Jr. Rhode Island Law Day Essay Contest open to 10th and 11th grade Rhode Island resident students attending school in Rhode Island. The winning essay author receives a $1,000 scholastic award and an engraved trophy cup. A second place essay author receives a $250 scholastic award donated by the Edward P. Gallogly Family Law Inns of Court.

This year’s essay topic is Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom. This topic gives students the opportunity to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose, and to consider how our governmental system is working for ourselves and our posterity. Students are asked to explain how the separation of powers protect our freedom, and why this is important.

Background information on this topic, Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom, can be found on the Bar Association website under For The Public – 2018 Law Day. 

The entry deadline is Friday, May 4 at 4 p.m. Direct questions to Kathleen Bridge at the Rhode Island Bar Association: 421-5740 or


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