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S.C. Bar Senior Lawyers Division announces 2013 Law Day Essay Contest winners

September 17, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Sept. 17, 2013) – The S.C. Bar Senior Lawyers Division congratulates the following statewide winners of the 2013 Law Day Essay Contest:

Ben Coomes, best overall essay (Dorman High School)
Niki Prestipino, best 10th grade essay (Spartanburg Day School)
Rudabah Khan, best 11th grade essay (W. Florence High School)
Amy Craig, best 12th grade essay (James F. Byrnes High School)

Judge Mark Hayes will present Mr. Coomes with a $1,000 award on Friday, Jan. 24, in conjunction with the 2014 S.C. Bar Convention. Judge Hayes will present the 10th through 12th grade $500 awards during upcoming events at the students' respective schools.

The 2013 Law Day theme was Realizing the Dream: Equality for All. Students were asked to write an essay of 1,000 words or less explaining what Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. meant when he wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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.

"I support the old adage that 'democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife,'" said Judge Hayes. "It's inspiring to see that our youth has such a great appreciation for the rule of law and the role of the judiciary, and it’s students like these that renew my passion for this program each year.”

This is the third year 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. The Senior Lawyers Division thanks Judge Hayes for the time and effort he dedicates to coordinating the contest each year.

For more information on the S.C. Bar Senior Lawyers Division or the Law Day Essay Contest, contact Tara Caine at or (803) 799-6653, ext. 146.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,500 members, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.


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