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S.C. Bar Senior Lawyers Division congratulates 2011 Law Day Essay Contest winners

December 01, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 23, 2012) – The S.C. Bar Senior Lawyers Division congratulates the following statewide winners of the 2011 Law Day Essay Contest:

Eva Hoffman, best overall essay (Spartanburg High School)
Bryan Adams, best ninth grade essay (Fort Mill High School)
Ryan Brooks, best 10th grade essay (Bamberg Ehrhardt High School)
Shelby Leeanna Parris, best 11th grade essay (James F. Byrnes High School)
Grace Stonecypher, best 12th grade essay (S.C. Homeschool Association)

The ninth through 12th grade awards were presented at programs at the students' respective schools. Ms. Hoffman received her award on Jan. 20 in conjunction with the 2012 S.C. Bar Convention. Her complete essay can be viewed here.

The 2011 Law Day theme, The Legacy of John Adams, From Boston to Guantanamo, provided an opportunity to assess and celebrate the legacy of John Adams, explore the role of lawyers in defending the rights of the accused and renew our understanding of and appreciation for the fundamental principle of the rule of law. Students were asked to write an essay of 1,000 words or less explaining why the right to an attorney is considered a fundamental principle of the rule of law.

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.

This is the first year that the S.C. Bar Senior Lawyers Division has sponsored the statewide Law Day Essay Contest.  Each local overall and grade-winning essay was regarded to determine statewide essay winners. For more information, contact Tara Smith at or (803) 799-6653, ext. 146.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,000 members, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.



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