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State Bar Announces Law Day 2009 Poster & Essay Contest for Students;
“A Legacy of Liberty – Celebrating Lincoln’s Bicentennial”

Brad Carr
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Montgomery, Ala., February 16, 2009 – The Alabama State Bar is calling for entries from Alabama students in grades K-12 for the annual Law Day poster & essay contest.

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established May 1st as Law Day to celebrate the rule of law and to underscore how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms we share. This year's theme is "A Legacy of Liberty – Celebrating Lincoln's Bicentennial."

State Bar President J. Mark White of Birmingham (White Arnold & Dowd P.C.) said, "This year marks the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, regarded by many as our nation's greatest and most eloquent president. Lincoln, who devoted much of his adult life to the practice of law, was the quintessential American lawyer-president. His background in the law shaped both his actions and his oratory. For Law Day 2009, we encourage students statewide to commemorate Lincoln by exploring this rich and resonant theme through the use of words and art."

Complete information and entry forms can be found on the Alabama State Bar Web site at or can be obtained by calling the state bar at 800-354-6154, extension 2126, for contest entry information. The deadline for submitting entries is April 3, 2009. The two themes for the essay contest are, "How the Gettysburg Address changed the course of history and how the North would not have won the Civil War without it, " and "Explain what is meant by Lincoln’s Legacy of Liberty."

Additionally, there are four themes to choose from for the poster contest: "Abolition of Slavery/Emancipation Proclamation," "Honest Abe," "Reuniting a Nation post-Civil War," and "From Log Cabin to the White House." Participating students are encouraged to explore one of these themes.

The poster contest is open to grades K-6 and the essay contest to students in grades 7-12. A total of $1500 in U.S. Savings bonds will be awarded to winners. Teachers of winning students also receive a monetary gift for use in the classroom. Attorneys Ashley Swink of Huntsville (Richardson Callahan & Frederick, LLP) and Holly Alves of Mobile (Leavell Investment Management, Inc.) co-chair the state bar's Law Day committee.

The 16,000–member Alabama State Bar is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility, competence and satisfaction of its members, improving the administration of justice, and increasing public understanding and respect for the law.