Utah high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to commemorate Law Day 2010 -- May 1 -- by writing an essay for the chance to win a cash prize.

This year's theme is "Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges." Essays must be three to five pages typed, double spaced and related to the theme, such as exploring how laws have adhered to tradition while addressing today's global issues; exploring how laws have protected individual rights while addressing terrorism; or how increased use of technology has affected privacy rights.

Entries must include name, address, phone number, e-mail address, school name, age and grade. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. March 31 and should be e-mailed to: umbalaw@utahbar.org. If a student does not have access to e-mail or has questions, call Grace Acosta at 801-521-6677.

Winners will be invited to attend the Law Day Luncheon on April 30 at the Little America Hotel.

The contest is sponsored by the Utah Minority Bar Association. Prizes are $250 for first place, $150 for second place and $75 for third place.

For information about Law Day, go to www.abanet.org.

-- Jennifer W. Sanchez