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Announcement:  Civics Essay Contest

Civics Essay Contest

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Knoxville and Greeneville Divisions, in partnership with the Knoxville and Greeneville Chapters of the Federal Bar Association, is sponsoring a local civics essay contest.  Each year, the national Federal Bar Association (FBA) sponsors a civics essay contest, which is open to middle and high school students nationwide and, for 2019, provides six cash awards totaling $4,500.  The Knoxville and Greeneville divisions of the federal court and local chapters of the FBA want to encourage local students to participate in the national contest by offering cash awards for high school students who submit entries to both the national and local contests. 

The local contest is open to public, private, and home high school students from Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, and Washington Counties.  The topic for the national and local essay contests is the same, as detailed below: “Cyberbullying and the First Amendment.”  

For award and submission information, see the full announcement.  


Committee Members


Chief Judge Thomas A. Varlan formed a Community Outreach Committee in 2013 to coordinate and facilitate programs promoting education of the Courts and community service to the 41 counties and their citizens that make up the Eastern District of Tennessee. Below are links to educational resources, contact information, and photos with information about prior outreach activities.

  • Senior District Judge Curtis L. Collier
  • Magistrate Judge Clifton L. Corker
  • Bankruptcy Judge Suzanne Bauknight
  • LeAnna Wilson, Chief Deputy Clerk
  • Janet M. Jackson, Outreach Coordinator
  • Ashley Spangler, Chattanooga Representative
  • Leah Cassanego, Greeneville Representative
  • Brooke Ramsey, Knoxville Representative