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Law Day Essay Contest winners honored at luncheon

Law Day Essay Contest winners in Nebraska were honored at an April 30 luncheon at the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications building in Lincoln.

The essay contest and luncheon were sponsored by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation and Nebraska Supreme Court.

Contest entrants were asked to give their ideas on what should be done to increase the number of registered voters and voter turnout.

Winners of the essay contest were Julianna Curley of Omaha’s Marian High School, ninth grade; Luciano Ramirez of Lexington High School, 10th grade; Grace Carhart of Bloomfield High School, 11th grade; and Allie Fisher of Omaha’s Westside High School, 12th grade.

Following the luncheon, Secretary Gale moderated a discussion regarding whether voting should be mandatory in the United States. Mike Nelsen, an Omaha attorney, argued in favor of mandatory voting and Eric Berger, an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law, argued against the proposition.

Nebraska High school classes were able to view the discussion via online streaming.


Pictured (from left) are Grace Carhart of Bloomfield High School, Chief Justice Michael Heavican of the Nebraska Supreme Court and Melinda Makings, Carhart’s teacher. Carhart was the 11th grade winner.


As part of the luncheon, there was a discussion regarding whether voting should be mandatory in the United States. Participating in the discussion (from left) were Secretary Gale, who served as moderator, and panelists Eric Berger, an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law, and Mike Nelsen, an Omaha attorney.


The discussion was viewed by a live audience and high school classes via online streaming.