Contest offers awards

Douglas County high school seniors can enter to win scholarships in the first essay contest sponsored by the county’s law library and bar association.

The topic for 2008 is: “The Importance of an Independent Judiciary.” First place will earn a $1,100 scholarship; second place, $850; third place, $500.

The panel of judges will be Gail B. Agrawal, dean of the Kansas University law school; Douglas Hamilton, clerk of Douglas County District Court; and attorneys Kenzie Singleton and David J. Brown.

The submission deadline is April 7, and the essay must be e-mailed as a Microsoft Word document to For a list of rules, visit or visit the law library. For more information, contact District Judge Michael J. Malone at (785) 832-5124 or