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Posted by: Landry Butler on Dec 20, 2011

The YLD has announced the winners of the 2010 Tennessee Law Day Art and Essay Competitions.

Each May, the American Bar Association, in conjunction with state and local bar associations, sponsors 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.

The theme of this year’s contest was “Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges.” It was designed to spark students' thinking about how society can honor long-standing traditions in the law while addressing new issues and situations that might challenge “old ways” of doing things.

Students receive cash prizes for their winning entries. Look for a display of winning entries at the TBA Convention in Nashville this June.

The YLD would like to thank Jackson lawyer Paul Whitt with Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell who served as this year’s state Law Day Art and Essay Contest coordinator.

Essay Competition Winners


First Place
Matthew Street
12th Grade
First Assembly Christian School
link to PDF of essay

Second Place 
Joel Avey
11th Grade
McCallie School
link to PDF of essay


Excerpts from First Place Essay
By Matthew Street

As the United States continues to progress into [the 21st] Century, it is vital that the original intent of the Constitution be defended. Returning to the interpretation of original intent will preserve the authenticity of the Constitution and protect the freedoms that make America an exceptional nation.

Not only must the United States be careful to safeguard the original purposes of the Constitution, the nation must also keep the Constitution safe from international influence. In this global age, it is the responsibility of the people of the United States and the Supreme Court to not allow other countries to influence the American judicial system.

The Constitution can also be preserved in the 21st Century by establishing a curriculum that teaches the principles upon which our country was founded. The American public as a whole does not understand this great document and are not prepared to discuss, debate or defend its content. If the United States is to have citizens knowledgeable about…[these] principles…there must be a commitment from school boards across the nation to adopt a curriculum that teaches the document in an unbiased way. Although presenting a challenge to the law, defending the Constitution of the United States also presents an opportunity in the 21st Century. As this sacred document is interpreted according to its original intent, is protected from global influence and is accurately taught in the American school system, the rule of law will be preserved for generations to come.



Art Competition Winners

First Place
Chihye Kim
5th Grade
Cedar Bluff Elementary



Second Place
Ason Jones
8th Grade
Wooddale Middle School



Third Place
Rachel Wynn
8th Grade
Dorothy and Noble Harrelson School