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Memphis Students Place in Annual Tennessee Bar Association Law Day Contests
Seniors essay wins 1st place, eighth grader places 2nd in art contest
NASHVILLE, May 25, 2010 Memphis senior Matthew Street, who recently graduated from First Assembly Christian School in Cordova, has won first place in an annual essay contest sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association. Second place went to eleventh-grader Joel Avey of McCallie School in Chattannoga.
In an art contest for elementary and middle school students, Ason Jones, an eighth-grader at Memphis Wooddale Middle School, took second place. This years first place award went to fifth-grader Chihye Kim from Cedar Bluff Elementary in Knoxville and third place went to eighth-grader Rachel Wynn of Puryear, who is a student at Dorothy & Noble Harrelson School.
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 years contest was Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges, which asked students to consider 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 placing in the top slots in each contest received cash prizes for their winning entries. In addition, their work will be displayed at the TBAs annual convention in Nashville June 2-5 and is available online at:
The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is the largest professional association in Tennessee with more than 10,000 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.