Criminal Justice Essay Contest


The attorneys at Adras & Altig are pleased to sponsor a Criminal Justice Essay Contest to help students with college expenses and to raise greater awareness of the issue of gun violence. 

In May 2019, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed into law gun safety legislation that was a response to the nation’s deadliest mass shooting which took place in Las Vegas two years ago. A gunman using weapons equipped with bump stocks opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at a music festival on the Las Vegas strip and murdered 58 people.

The deadly shooting in Las Vegas was not an isolated incident. It was one of 18 mass shootings in 2017. What other sensible gun safety laws should be enacted to protect the public and save lives?

Enter to Win

To enter the Criminal Justice Essay Contest, students should submit an original essay on the following topic:

What would you do to improve gun safety- at school, home, or in public? What/if any laws should be enacted and where/how should they be enforced? What is your idea of a safer society?


Adras & Altig, Attorneys at Law will award prizes to three student essayists chosen as winners of the Criminal Justice Essay Contest. The prizes will be:

  • First Place—$1,500
  • Second Place—$750
  • Third Place—$500

Each winner will receive a check from the law firm to be used for education-related expenses.


The essay contest is open to juniors and seniors in high school as well as students enrolled in two-year and four-year colleges and universities and graduate school programs in Nevada and throughout the United States. Applicants who are 17 years old or younger will need to provide parental consent to enter.

Applicants should submit an essay as a Word document or PDF, a digital photo of themselves and a school transcript.

If you have questions regarding the essay contest, you may contact us at

2019 Scholarship Timeline

  • September 1—Submissions Open
  • December 1—Submissions Close
  • On or About December 21—Winners Announced

The attorneys at Adras & Altig recognize the importance of obtaining a good education as a step toward achieving personal goals and pursuing a fulfilling career. Today’s students are tomorrow’s community leaders. We are glad that we are in a position to help. Good luck to all who enter!

General Rules

Students should submit an original essay of approximately 500 words.

By submitting an application and essay, you acknowledge that if you are selected as winner, Adras & Altig will own all rights to publish, distribute and promote the essay.

By accepting a prize, all winners grant Adras & Altig the right to use their name, biographical information and photograph for marketing purposes.

The winners will be chosen by a selection committee. Submission of a plagiarized essay will result in disqualification. The decisions of the committee are final.

Employees of Adras & Altig, its boards of directors and immediate family members are not eligible to enter the essay content.

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