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American Bar Association announces winner of 4th annual Law Day art contest

American Bar Association announces winner of 4th annual Law Day art contest

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2014 — The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division today announced that Jessica Koester of Crescent City Junior/Senior High School in Crescent City, Fla., has won its fourth annual Law Day Art Contest for single entry and that Priscila Miramontes and Berwo Mberwa of Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy in Denver won first place in the group submission category. 

Koester’s artwork, titled “Your Vote Matters,” is based on this year’s Law Day theme, “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” 

“What an amazing and wonderful portrayal of how the right to vote has affected our nation, changed the face of our country and ‘Why Every Vote Matters,’” said Mario A. Sullivan, chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division. “This great piece of art holds true to the importance of the right to vote in our democracy.” 

In the spirit of collaboration, Miramontes and Mberwa’s artwork was titled “Our Vote Matters.” 

“It is heartening to me that we have so many passionate young student-artists who appreciate the importance of ‘Why Every Vote Matters,’” said Courtenay Dunn, public service director of the ABA Young Lawyers Division. “I am hopeful that we can all carry this theme on in continuing to educate our young people about the right to vote, and the importance of the right to vote, in this country.”

The winners of the contest will receive prizes up to $750. Finalists were evaluated based on originality, creativity, quality and relevance to the contest theme.

Steward Atwood, a homeschooled student in Garland, Texas, was the runner-up  in the single-entry category. Yanek Carrion-Kozak and Acacia Garcia of the Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy in Denver were runners-up in the group category.

The annual Law Day Contest is an opportunity for students to learn about the legal system. All U.S. students, grades nine to 12, were eligible to submit an art piece on this year’s contest theme. 

Envisioned in 1957 by then-ABA President Charles S. Rhyne as a special national day of recognition, the first Law Day was established by President Dwight Eisenhower the following year. Congress issued a joint resolution in 1961 designating May 1 as the official day to celebrate the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. 

While Law Day is officially recognized on May 1, many civic groups and bar associations celebrate with a month of programs, presentations and events. 

Co-sponsors of the contest were the ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence and the ABA Division for Public Education

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