The South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division is sponsoring an Instagram Scholarship competition to encourage you to actively consider your constitutional rights. The winning participant will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship. WHAT IS YOUR BIG IDEA?

To participate, you must:

  • Be a South Carolina resident and a junior or senior attending a South Carolina high school.
  • Be enrolled/plan to be enrolled in a post-secondary institution for the 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 school year.

Follow these easy steps:

  • Create an Instagram video entry that explores and fully addresses one of the following questions:
  • Does the First Amendment protect a person's or business's right not to be forced to say, do or create anything expressing a message that the person or business rejects? Consider the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case pending before the United States Supreme Court.
  • Do social media posts constitute speech protected by the First Amendment?  If so, do such protections extend to the social media posts of government officials?  Can a government official block a critic from responding to his or her social media posts?
  • Should the First Amendment protect a professional athlete’s right to kneel during the national anthem?
  • In Texas v. Johnson, Supreme Court Justice William Brennan wrote: "If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable." Do you agree?
  • Does the First Amendment protect a university’s decision to prohibit a speaker from addressing a student organization after the university receives complaints from other students that the speaker is offensive?
  • You will need to:
    • Post your video entry to your Instagram account.
    • Use the hashtags “#SCBarYLD” and “#YourBigIdea”
    • Confirm that your Instagram account is NOT set to “Private” or we will not be able to see your entry.

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