FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2015
Contact: Lowell Brown
Communications Division Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1713, or (512) 427-1713
lbrown@texasbar.com 

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 2015 Law Day contest, an annual competition that invites Texas students to submit editorials, photographs, and posters that celebrate the rule of law.

State Bar President Trey Apffel and TYLA President Rebekah Steely Brooker 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.

This year, the national Law Day theme is Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law, which calls on Americans to reflect on the many basic rights we hold dear today including due process, habeas corpus, trial by jury, and the right to travel. The theme celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, a historic document that embodies an enduring truth: no one, no matter how powerful, is above the law.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day in 1958 to challenge Americans to understand how the rule of law impacts their lives, and to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in a democracy.

The contest winners, their schools, and the organizations that nominated them appear below. (Photos of the poster and photography entries are available upon request).

Editorial Contest

  • First Place: Angela Kang, Bowie High School, Austin Bar Association
  • Second Place: Richard Andrew Adams Jr., The Brook Hill School, Smith County Bar Association
  • Third Place: Mathias Mesich, Home Schooled, Williamson County Bar Association

Photography Contest

  • First Place: Tiara Garza, The Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Bexar County Women’s Bar Association
  • Second Place: Miguel Parra, Victory Early College High School, Houston Bar Association
  • Third Place: Estephany Moncada, H. Grady Spruce High School, Dallas Bar Association

Poster Contest - Kindergarten to Second Grade

  • First Place: Elli Yu, Meador Elementary School, Houston Bar Association
  • Second Place: Kennedy Lambert, St. Anne’s Catholic School, Jefferson County Bar Association
  • Third Place: Ava Martinez, Northwest Elementary, Austin Bar Association    

Poster Contest - Third to Fifth Grade

  • First Place: Anastasia Burdzinski, Corpus Christi Catholic School, Houston Bar Association
  • Second Place: Summer Pham, Charlton-Pollard, Jefferson County Bar Association
  • Third Place: Grace M. Canales, Luther Jones Elementary, Corpus Christi Bar Association

Poster Contest - Sixth to Eighth Grade

  • First Place: Francis Garcia, Lumberton Middle School, Jefferson County Bar Association
  • Second Place: Alec Bennett, Fulmore Middle School, Austin Bar Association
  • Third Place: Cameron Bennett, Fulmore Middle School, Austin Bar Association

Poster Contest - Ninth to 12th Grade

  • First Place: Linda Yates, Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Bexar County Women’s Bar Association    
  • Second Place: Jorge Luis Villarreal Jr., Palmview High School, Hidalgo County Bar Association
  • Third Place: Cody Sahualla, Hamshire-Fannett High School, Jefferson County Bar Association

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The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas that 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. For more information on the State Bar of Texas, visit texasbar.com.

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