Law Day 2004 Winning Essays

All essays are in format.

6th Grade

  • First Place—Nora Katterman, Slauson Middle School, Ann Arbor, Teacher: Ms. Donna Davison
  • Second Place—Nivine El-Hor, Tappan Middle School, Ann Arbor, Teacher: Ms. Wendy Raymond
  • Third Place—Marlin Koetje, Gagie School, Kalamazoo, Teacher: Mr. Joe Meyers

7th Grade

  • First Place—Courtney Roddy, Kuehn-Haven Middle School, Montrose, Teacher: Mr. Bryan Moody
  • Second Place—Diamond Marie Chandler, Paw Paw Middle School, Paw Paw, Teacher: Mrs. Lynette Brown
  • Third Place—Bryan Banks, Cadillac Middle School, Detroit, Teacher: Ms. Dierdre Wells

8th Grade

  • First Place—Christopher Copple, Northeast Middle School, Midland, Teacher: Mrs. Connie Altimore
  • Second Place—Elasha Wallace, Robichaud Sr./Jr. High School, Dearborn Heights, Teacher: Mrs. Leslie Simmons
  • Third Place—Mario Admon, L’Anse Creuse Middle School North, Macomb, Teacher: Mr. Keith Wieand

"Should" Questions

    1) Should Michigan schools be more diverse and desegregated than the rest of our society?

    2) Should a school child be allowed to attend a neighborhood school instead of being bussed across town to achieve racial diversity at a school in a different neighborhood?

    3) Should the state of Michigan do something to desegregate schools that have "re-segregated" in recent decades due to housing patterns and other circumstances?

    4) Should a school be required to hire teachers who reflect the diversity in the American population, even if the most qualified teachers in the applicant pool are Caucasian males?

    5) Should Michigan universities use a "legacy" preference to give children of alumni an advantage in admissions?

    6) Should Michigan universities try to obtain racially diverse student bodies by considering race as a factor in the admissions process?

      See Grutter v. Bollinger, No. 02-241 (2003)

      The recent Supreme Court cases on affirmative action in higher education admissions at the University of Michigan were critical and timely rulings for those decision-makers in educational institutions who have lacked guidance for a generation about how to achieve a diverse student body without running afoul of the Constitution.

    7) Suppose that a male job candidate is slightly better qualified than a female candidate for a particular job. Should an employer be allowed to hire a lesser qualified female candidate on the basis that the company has an underrepresentation of female employees?

    8) Should public schools in Michigan be allowed to refuse admission to the children of illegal immigrants?