Write an essay on the topic:
LAW DAY 2015
Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law
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THIS YEAR’S ESSAY QUESTION:
"The democratic aspiration is no mere recent phase in human history…It was written in Magna Carta."
— Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1941 Inaugural address
Written by a group of 13th-century barons, Magna Carta sought to protect their few rights and property against King John. One of the more powerful items reads: "No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, disseised, outlawed, banished, or in any way destroyed, nor will We proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land."
In the eight centuries that have elapsed since Magna Carta was sealed in 1215, it has taken root as an international symbol of the rule of law and as an inspiration for many basic rights Americans hold dear today, including due process, habeas corpus, trial by jury, and the right to travel. American colonists placed great importance in the document and the rights and liberties contained in it. The abridgement of those rights and liberties was a major cause of rebellion.
In what ways do you see Magna Carta's influence in today's society? In what ways can the people of the United States better adhere to the principles contained in the Great Charter?
Each essay will be judged based upon format, clarity, style, reasoning, creativity and overall effort.
ENTRY DEADLINE: 3:30 P.M. FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015, AT THE TOLEDO BAR ASSOCIATION. NO STAPLES PLEASE.
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