Neuhoff won $500 for her video, “There Is No Liberty Without a Fair and Impartial Judiciary.” The contest, offered as part of the national Law Day celebration, was to produce three-minute videos on a topic related to the law.
This year’s theme asked students to reflect on the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary.
The 2013 contest theme centered on Alexander Hamilton’s premise in Federalist Paper No. 78 that judiciary is “the least dangerous” branch of government because it “has no influence over either the sword or the purse.” Students were challenged to create videos that addressed issues such as why it is important to have a judiciary that is independent of the legislative and executive branches, how this structure strengthens the doctrine of separation of powers and what happens when judges are not impartial.
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