State Bar of Texas
Students from Across Texas Travel to Austin for Law Day Awards Presentation by the State Bar of Texas
AUSTIN – Students from kindergarten through high school will be in Austin Friday, April 30 to be presented awards for their winning entries in the annual Law Day editorial, photography and poster contest.
The presentation will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 30, at the Texas Law Center, 1414 Colorado St., Austin.
"Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges" is the national Law Day theme this year. Law Day was established in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to challenge students to understand how the rule of law impacts their lives, and to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to participate in our democracy.
State Bar President Roland K. Johnson of Fort Worth and President-elect Terry Tottenham of Austin will present the awards, with prizes ranging from $50 to $1,000.
The winning entries statewide, selected from those submitted by local area bar associations, include:
Editorial Contest Grades 9-12
1st Place – Rome Gonsoulin, Kelly High School, submitted by Jefferson
County Bar Association
Photography Contest Ages 12-18
1st Place – Leslie Harris, Central Texas Christian School, submitted
by Bell County Bar Association
Poster Contest Grades K-2
1st Place – Ramsey Grace Ruffeno, St. Anne's Catholic School,
submitted by Houston Bar Association
Poster Contest Grades 3-5
1st Place – Savannah Blanton, Windsor Park Elementary, submitted by
Corpus Christi Bar Association
Poster Contest Grades 6-8
1st Place – Aylin Gonzalez, Woodland Acres Middle School, submitted
by Houston Bar Association
Poster Contest Grades 9-12
1st Place – Brady Dietz, Hamshire Fannett High School, submitted by
Jefferson County Bar Association
Winning entries will be on display. The State Bar also will present awards to the winners of the Bar's third annual YouTube contest on the importance of the legal system. Following the awards presentation, award winners and their guests will be treated to lunch and a tour of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas. The Bar provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system.