YLD Law Day Art & Essay Contest

For many years, in conjunction with the national Law Day celebration, the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division hosted an art and essay contest for students in the state. The contests were 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 art contest was open to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, while the essay contest was open to students in 9th through 12th grades.

Law Day was first celebrated in 1958. Now, each May, state and local bar associations, in conjunction with the American Bar Association, sponsor Law Day programs around the country. 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. Learn more about Law Day from the ABA.

The contest was last offered in 2013.


Latest Contest News


ABA Announces 2014 Law Day Theme
Theme asks citizens to explore history and future of voting rights

NASHVILLE, Aug. 29, 2013 -- The American Bar Association has announced the 2014 Law Day theme, which recognizes the approaching 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The theme "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters" calls on every American to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges that remain to ensuring all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy.

One of our most cherished national ideals, expressed by President Abraham Lincoln, is “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” But government by the people is not possible without the right to vote. For this reason, establishing and protecting every citizen’s right to vote has been a central theme of American legal and civic history. Much of the struggle on voting rights began decades ago, but the work of maintaining those rights remains an ongoing challenge.

This year’s Law Day theme asks Americans to consider how the right to vote was won, what challenges remain today and how the country can secure this fundamental right for generations to come. Learn more from the ABA.


TBA Announces 2013 Law Day Contest Winners
Annual contest challenged students to explore importance of the courts

NASHVILLE, May 7, 2013 -- The Tennessee Bar Association today announced the winners of the 2013 Law Day Art & Essay Competition. Winchester eighth grader Jonathan M. Brewer from South Middle School won first place in the Law Day art contest, while Knoxville 10th grader Caroline Julie Rogers of Bearden High School took first place in the essay contest.

In the art contest, second place went to Jackson Steven James Ahern, a fourth grade student at Cedar Bluff Elementary School in Knoxville. Third place was awarded to Zee Marie Schumacher, a fourth grader at Immaculate Conception School in Clarksville. Honorable mention awards went to eighth grader Jon Carl Lowery at Zion Christian Academy in Columbia and Cedric Brame, a sixth grade student at Burks Middle School in Monterey.

Second place in the essay contest went to Savannah Oliver, a junior at Forrest High School in Chapel Hill. Third place went to Delaine Lorio, a ninth grader at Tennessee High School in Bristol.

Students placing in the top three slots will receive cash prizes for their entries and have their work displayed at the TBA's annual convention in Nashville, June 13-15.

This year's competition theme was "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All,” which asked students to explore civil and human rights movements in America and the impact they have had in promoting the ideal of equality under the law. Students also were asked to consider what remains to be done to rectify injustice in society, including eliminating all forms of discrimination, putting an end to human trafficking and ending other violations of human rights. The competition was coordinated by Chattanooga lawyer Ellie Hill with Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway.


TBA YLD Announces 2013 Law Day Contest
Annual contest celebrates 150th anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation

NASHVILLE, Feb. 26, 2013 -- The TBA YLD today announced the 2013 Law Day Art & Essay Contest, which gives students 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 2013 competition theme, "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All" asks students to explore civil and human rights movements in America and the impact they have had in promoting the ideal of equality under the law. Students also should consider what remains to be done to rectify injustice in society, including eliminating all forms of discrimination, putting an end to human trafficking and ending other violations of human rights.

The promise of equality under the law is what has made America a beacon to other nations. It is a pledge enshrined in our nation's founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence and in the opening words of the Preamble of the Constitution. In addition, this year marks the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, which proclaimed the freedom of slaves. In 1963, during the proclamation's centennial celebration, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and called on the nation to live up to the great promise of equality for all. Fifty years later, his inspirational words continue to challenge us to live up to our national ideal.


TBA Announces 2012 Law Day Contest Winners
Annual contest challenged students to explore importance of the courts

NASHVILLE, May 8, 2012 -- The TBA today announced the winners of the 2012 Law Day Art & Essay Competition. Knoxville eighth grader Liana Hu of Farragut Middle School has won first place in a Law Day art contest sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, while Gloria Yu, a junior at Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville, took first place in the essay contest.

In the art contest, second place went to Chloe Stranahan, a sixth grade student at Meigs Middle School in Nashville. Third place was awarded to Victoria Grider, a seventh grader at South Pittsburg Academy in South Pittsburg.

Second place in the essay contest went to Jack Jones, a junior at the McCallie School in Chattanooga. Third place went to Brittany Brogdon, a senior at Henry County High School in Paris.

Students placing in the top three slots will receive cash prizes for their entries and have their work displayed at the TBA's annual convention in Memphis, June 6-9.

This year's competition was coordinated by Jackson lawyer Ashley Holliday with West Tennessee Legal Services. The theme of the contest was "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom," which asked students to consider the importance of the courts and their role in ensuring access to justice for all Americans.

Past Contests

2013 Contest
Realizing the Dream: Equality for All
Winners
Press Release
Contest Rules

2012 Contest
No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom
Winners
Press Release
Contest Rules

2011 Contest
The Legacy of John Adams
Winners
Press Release

2010 Contest
Law in the 21st Century
Winners
Press Release

2009 Contest
Celebrating Lincoln’s Bicentennial
Winners
Press Release

2008 Contest
The Rule of Law
Winners
Press Release

2007 Contest
Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy
Winners

2006 Contest
Separate Branches, Balanced Powers
Winners
Press Release

2005 Contest
The American Jury
Winners

2004 Contest
50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
Winners