Founded in 1925, the National Bar Association (NBA) is the nation's oldest and largest association of African American lawyers and judges.
MLK Drum Major for Justice Advocacy

Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition Registration Form

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Regional Competition Rules


A. Essay Format:

1. The essay should be no longer than 1,000 words.

2. The type font must be Arial, 12 point, double-spaced.

3. The margins shall be 1” and text shall be fully justified.

4. The essay may be submitted via e-mail or U.S. mail, but e-mail is preferred.

a. If submitted via e-mail, the Contestant must send the essay as an attachment to an e-mail in Word format and send to the Regional Director for your region, or the e-mail address indicated by the Regional Director. E-mail addresses are also available on the NBA website.

b. If submitted by mail, the essay must be typewritten and mailed to the Regional Director for your region, or to the address indicated by the Regional Director. Mailing addresses can be found at

B. Regional Competition Rules:

1. Eligible Contestants: Current high school juniors and seniors. All students will receive a prize for participating in the National Competition. To receive the prize, seniors must submit a proof of enrollment letter from an accredited two-year or four-year college or university 90 days after their participation in the National Competition. In addition, the contestant must be enrolled in their colleges or universities for the fall semester immediately following the National Competition at the Annual National Bar Association convention. Juniors will receive their prize when they matriculate for college. Juniors must also submit proof of enrollment letter from their college or university by September 30, 2013. All contestants in the National Competition shall receive a scholarship to be used for their educational expenses. The top 3 contestants shall receive the largest scholarships.

2. Assessment of Essays and Oral Presentations: Essays and Oral Presentations will be evaluated according to six categories: (a) quality, (b) content, (c) persuasiveness, (d) style, (e) organization, and (f) creativity. The maximum number of points each Contestant may receive per category is five points for a maximum total of thirty points for the entire essay and thirty points for the entire oral presentation. Advancing Contestants shall be notified via e-mail. Advancing Contestants MUST confirm their participation within 48 hours of receiving notification.

3. The Essay Question: The Contestant must incorporate the topic and/or answer the essay question. It should not be recited verbatim. Failure to incorporate the topic and/or answer the essay question will result in points being deducted.

4. Essays: All essays submitted become the property of the National Bar Association. They will not be returned. Contestants should retain a copy for his/her records.

6. Props: The Contestant is prohibited from using any props. Any use of props will result in points being deducted. Although, the Contestant may use notes.

7. Timing: The oral presentation shall be a minimum of three minutes and a maximum of seven minutes. An oral presentation outside of this timeframe will result in points being deducted.

8. Dress: All Contestants should be dressed in business attire (i.e., suits and ties for the men and suits or dresses for the women) for the Regional Competition.

9. Waiver: You agree to sign a Photography Release Waiver and Release of Liability and include this waiver when you submit your essay or before you compete in the regional competition.

* Photography Release Waiver & Liability Waiver

Check below if you agree to the conditions and terms of this agreement.

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