State Bar of Texas
May 1, 2013

Contact:  Kim Davey,, 800.204.2222 x 1713 or 512.427.1713

State Bar of Texas Presents Law Day Awards to Texas Students

AUSTIN – The State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) today presented awards to winners of the 2013 Law Day contest. The national Law Day theme is Realizing the Dream: Equality for All. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago. Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and called upon our nation to live up to the great promise of equality for all.

Today, State Bar President Buck Files and TYLA Director Dustin M. Howell presented the Law Day Awards to students who were honored at the local level by bar associations from throughout Texas and advanced to the statewide competition.

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 knowledge and skills necessary to participate in our democracy.

The winning entries and the organizations that nominated them are:

Editorial Contest
First Place - Thomas Michael Boyle, Sharyland High School, Hidalgo County Bar Association          
Second Place - Jordyn Guardiola, Waco High School, Waco-McLennan County Bar Association    
Third Place - Bryana Madison, James Bowie High School, Austin Bar Association

Photography Contest
First Place - Abbegael Smith, James L. Collins Catholic School, Navarro County Bar Association    
Second Place - Maria Espinoza, H. Grady Spruce High School, Dallas Bar Association
Third Place - Alexxis McBride, Central Texas Christian School, Bell County Bar Association

Poster Contest - Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
First Place - Cassandra Darmodjo, Corpus Christi Catholic School, Houston Bar Association            
Second Place - Eriana Colbert, R.C. Burleson Elementary School, Dallas Bar Association
Third Place - Rebecca Canales, Luther Jones Elementary School, Corpus Christi Bar Association

Poster Contest - 3rd to 5th Grade
First Place - Lauren Eaves, Regina Howell Elementary School, Jefferson County Bar Association  
Second Place - Olivia Hull, Bertha Casey Elementary School, Austin Bar Association
Third Place - Luis Garcia, Elfida P. Chavez Elementary School, El Paso Young Lawyers Association

Poster Contest - 6th to 8th Grade
First Place - Alicia Guo, Marvin Baker Middle School, Corpus Christi Bar Association
Second Place - Salma Delgado, Woodland Acres Middle School, Houston Bar Association
Third Place - Evangeline Bryant, Canyon Hills Middle School, El Paso Bar Association

Poster Contest - 9th to 12th Grade
First Place - Cbrionne Hendrix, Central Medical Magnet School, Jefferson County Bar Association             
Second Place - Ally Jones, Waco High School, Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association
Third Place - Adelind Sifuentes, Fox Tech High School, Bexar County Women’s Bar Association

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.

Note:  Visit to view the winning entries.