Students reflect on separation of power between branches of government
NASHVILLE, May 1, 2006 -- Catherine Fields of Signal Mountain has won first place in a Law Day Essay Contest sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association. A rising 11th grader at Girls Preparatory School, Fields won second place in the same contest in 2005.
This year's second place award went to William Henry Pickering III of Lookout Mountain, Ga., who is a rising senior at Chattanooga's McCallie School. Third place went to Vikas Biliyar, a junior at Martin Luther King Magnet in Nashville.
In the annual art contest, Knoxville fourth-grader Anderson Estes won first place. She attends Sequoyah Elementary. Second place went to third grade student Cayenne Cribb of Eakin Elementary in Nashville. Third place went to Riley Campbell, a fourth-grader at Sequoyah Elementary. An honorable mention was awarded to Gatlin Robertson of Robert E. Ellis Middle School in Hendersonville.
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 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 "Liberty Under Law: Separate Branches, Balanced Powers." Students were asked to communicate how the nation's founding fathers balanced the concept of creating separate branches of government to protect liberty with the concept of creating equal branches to ensure cooperation for the common good.