In December we announced a contest for ATL readers. We called upon you to play Do I Have A Right?, one of the educational video games launched by Our Courts. Today we’re pleased to announce the winners.
In case you’re not familiar with it, Our Courts is “a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy.” It was the brainchild of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (who spoke with us about Our Courts for this Washington Post piece).
Above the Law’s “Do I Have A Right?” tournament was a huge success, with 8,650 plays from nearly 7,500 unique players. People logged games in 49 states — c’mon, North Dakota, where’s the love? — and the average play time was 7:55 minutes.
Justice O’Connor was very pleased:
I want to congratulate the winners of the Our Courts – Above the Law Tournament. I was thrilled by the participation and interest in our game. It just goes to show that even trained lawyers can always use a refresher course in middle school civics.
And who were the winners? There were two, tied with a high score of 13,653. The first was David Cohen, a sports lawyer in Southern California. The second was “Anonymous,” who chose to remain nameless “so that people he knows don’t think he spends all his time [in the office] playing DIHAR.”
These winners will be featured as characters in a future Our Courts game. Speaking of Our Courts, they have a new game out, Argument Wars, which allows players to argue landmark Supreme Court cases. The preview case allows readers to argue Brown v. Board of Education; two more cases will launch next Monday, and two more by mid-February.
The full list of high scorers in the DIHAR challenge — perhaps you know some of them? — appears after the jump.
Here is the full list of high scorers. Some of them were willing to be identified by their real names; others elected to use pseudonyms (indicated by quotation marks).
1. 13,653 – David Cohen (tie)
13,653 – Anonymous (tie)
3. 13,599 – Anthony Segura
4. 13,563 – Allen Myers
5. 13,502 – “Harken Back”
6. 13,459 – Joshua Flynt
7. 13,388 – “Snaphappy Fishsuit Mokiligan”
8. 13,327 – Richard Glover
9. 13,144 – “Shlomo Marvince Jackson”
10. 13,122 – Partner Emeritus: “The only reason I was not the high scorer is due to my carpal tunnel and arthritic fingers. Twenty years ago, I would have owned the contest.”
11. 13,119 – Peter Gil-Montllor
12. 13,110 – “USPTO Patent Examiner”
Once again, thanks to everyone who played, and congratulations to all the winners.
Earlier: The ATL ‘Do I Have A Right?’ Challenge