Winning Law Day Essays

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The SC Bar Senior Lawyers Division congratulates the following statewide winners of its 2017 Law Day Essay Contest:

  • LaVang Bui, overall winning essay (James F. Byrnes High School)
  • Anna McBee, 9th grade winning essay (Oakbrook Preparatory School)
  • John Richey, 10th grade winning essay (Chesnee High School)
  • Margaret Snyder, 11th grade winning essay (Academic Magnet High School)
  • Steven Greer, 12th grade winning essay (James F. Byrnes High School)

The 2017 theme was The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy. Students from grades 9 to 12 were asked to write a 1,000 word essay about why the 14th Amendment is important to America’s aspirational ideal that all citizens are entitle to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The overall winning essay, written by LaVang Bui, is titled “Lactating Legally” and can be found on the Bar's website.

“This year’s winning essay presents a creative and insightful examination of the 14th Amendment,” said Judge Mark Hayes, the coordinator of the contest. “Her insight is encouraging for the future of the American aspirational ideal of equality under the law of all.”

Judge Mark Hayes will present Bui with a $1,000 award on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, in conjunction with the SC Bar Convention.

“The Senior Lawyers Division of the Bar participates in the rebirth of this great nation’s democratic values with its continued sponsorship of the annual Law Day Essay contest,” said Judge Hayes.

This is the seventh year the SC Bar Senior Lawyers Division has sponsored the statewide Law Day Essay Contest. All essays, local and grade winning, were regarded to determine statewide winners. The Senior Lawyers Division thanks Judge Hayes for the time and effort he dedicates to coordinating the contest each year.

Established in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Law Day celebrates the American heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law.  Every year, Law Day provides legal professionals and others with opportunities to help students and the public understand how the law protects our freedoms.


About the 2018 Law Day Theme

Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom

The U.S. Constitution sets out a system of government with distinct and independent branches—Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court. It also defines legislative, executive, and judicial powers and outlines how they interact. These three separate branches share power, and each branch serves as a check on the power of the others. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” James Madison explained in Federalist 51. Why? Madison believed that the Constitution’s principles of separation of powers and checks and balances preserve political liberty. They provide a framework for freedom. Yet, this framework is not self-executing. We the people must continually act to ensure that our constitutional democracy endures, preserving our liberties and advancing our rights. The Law Day 2018 theme enables us to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose and to consider how our governmental system is working for ourselves and our posterity.

Law Day 2018 Planning Guide

Download the 2018 Law Day Planning Guide

Packed with useful information for planning Law Day activities that incorporate the theme "Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom," the 2018 Law Day Planning Guide is a great resource for Law Day planners and organizers. Visit our planning guide web pagefor lesson plans and additional resources.

Law Day 2017 Award Winners

A great deal of effort, hard work, and creativity goes into planning and implementing Law Day activities. Take a look at our 2017 Law Day Outstanding Activity Award winners to learn about how they planned activities around the theme, "The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy."

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What is Law Day?

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