Tennessee Students Win Annual Art and Essay Contests

2009 contest celebrates President Lincoln's 200th birth

NASHVILLE, May 8, 2009 — Knoxville fourth-grader Chihye Kim of Cedar Bluff Elementary has won first place in a Law Day art contest sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, while Nathan House, a senior at Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet in Nashville, won first place the TBA’s essay contest.

Each year, the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division holds a statewide art and essay contest in conjunction with Law Day - a national day set aside on May 1 to celebrate the rule of law. Established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, Law Day provides an opportunity for young people to learn about the law and the American judicial system and an opportunity for lawyers to serve their communities.

The theme of this year’s contest was "A Legacy of Liberty: Celebrating Lincoln’s Bicentennial," which was chosen to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln and spur debate on whether the goals of the Gettysburg Address and the Declaration of Independence have been met.

In the art contest, second place went to Caroline Daniel of Brentwood, who is a fourth-grader at Franklin Road Academy in Nashville. Third place went to Miranda Williams, a seventh grader at Smoky Mountain Elementary in Cosby.

Second place in the essay contest went to senior Desiree Kamerman, a ninth-grader at Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville. Third place went to eleventh-grader Joshua Shepherd of Jonesborough, who is an 11th grader at Tri-Cities Christian School in Blountville.

Students placing in the top three received cash prizes for their winning entries. In addition, their essays will be displayed at the TBA’s annual convention in Memphis June 18-20. View the work from all the winners


The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is the largest professional association in Tennessee with more than 11,000 members. Founded in 1881, the TBA provides opportunities for continuing legal education, professional development and public service. The TBA’s dedication to serving the state’s legal community is evidenced by its membership roll, which represents the entire spectrum of legal practice: plaintiff and defense lawyers, corporate counsel, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, government lawyers and legal services attorneys.