The Tennessee Bar Assocation Young Lawyers Division (TBA YLD) has announced the winners of the 2004 Tennessee Law Day Art and Essay Competitions.
Each May, in conjunction with the national Law Day celebration, the YLD hosts an art and essay contest for students in the state. The contests are designed to give young people the opportunity to express their ideas about living in a society that is governed by the rule of law, and achieve statewide recognition for their work.
The theme is set each year by the American Bar Association, which partners with state and local legal organizations that hold programs and events around the country to mark Law Day. The purpose of celebrating Law Day is two-fold: (1) to instill in students an appreciation for the law and foster a greater understanding of the American judicial system, and (2) provide an opportunity for attorneys to serve their local communities.
The theme of this year’s contest was: "To Win Equality of Law: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education." The theme asked students to explore the concept of whether separate but equal institutions can truly be equal.
Students received cash prizes for their winning entries and will have their work displayed at the TBA's annual convention in June.
Special thanks to Memphis lawyer and YLD board member Tasha Blakney of Knoxville who coordinated the competition.
Essay Competition Winners
Bearden High School
Martha Elizabeth Lovell
Haywood High School
Haywood High School
Excerpt from First Place Essay
By Cyrus Rahnema
"This landmark decision was more than an issue concerning young Linda Brown and her education; it was beyond the focused efforts of the NAACP lawyers, above the traditions and opinions of the closed-minded factions who opposed it.
The fiftieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education is a testament to the importance, the impact, and the undeniable step towards greater equality in this nation."