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State Bar Announces 2008 Law Day Poster & Essay Contest Winners; More Than 440 Entries Received

Brad Carr
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  • Winners attend schools in Birmingham, Evergreen, Florence, Hartselle, Montgomery
    also one home-schooled student from Adamsville

Montgomery, Ala., April 28, 2008 - As the nation celebrates Law Week, Alabama students shared their thoughts on this year's 50th anniversary theme: "U.S. Constitution: The Foundation of the Rule of Law," through creative expressions of art and the imagery of the written word.

With a total of 440 entries, judges of the Alabama State Bar's Law Day 2008 annual competition came away with a vivid impression of what our legal system means to Alabama's youth. Visitors to the bar's Web site can view the winning entries at

There were a total of 324 posters and 117 essays entered by students across the state in this year's Law Day contests.

Montgomery lawyers Thomas B. Klinner (state Department of Mental Health & Retardation), and Gregg Brantley Everett (Kaufman & Rothfeder) serve as co-chairs of the state bar's Law Day committee.

Judges for the poster contest are: Stefanie Hicks, WAKA-TV Ch. 8; Presiding Judge Charles Price, 15th Judicial Circuit; Michael Briddell, executive assistant to Mayor Bobby Bright, and Leslie Bailey. Judges for the essay contest are: Lt. Col. Susan Turley, Judge Advocate General's Corps, Maxwell Air Force Base; Col. Kathy Montgomery, Judge Advocate General's Corps, Maxwell Air Force Base, and Montgomery attorneys Carl Salle (Legal Services Alabama); Dr. James Frank Vickrey, Jr., Jeremy McIntire and Samuel Partridge.

Winners will be recognized Thursday, May 1 at a special ceremony to be held at 11 a.m. at the Alabama Supreme Court. Following the presentation of awards, students and their guests will be treated to a special luncheon at the Court hosted by Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb and Judge Tommy Bryan, Court of Civil Appeals. After lunch, students will take a tour of the Supreme Court.

LAW DAY 2008

The poster and essay contests are divided into two categories - grades K-6 for posters; grades 7-12 for essays. Winners in the essay contest receive U.S. Savings Bonds in the amounts of $200, $150 and $100 respectively; winners in the poster contest receive bonds in the amounts of $125, $100 and $75.

All winners receive engraved gold medals and award certificates. Schools of all winners receive certificates and teachers of the winners receive a $25 contribution per award for use in their classrooms.

The 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.


List of Winners:



GRADES 10-12

1ST Place

Jessie Wallace
Hartselle J. High School
Teacher: Elisa Harris

Emily-Prather Stallworth
Monroe Academy/Monroeville
Teacher: Leann Faulk

2nd Place

Leah Berkebile
Athens Bible School
Teacher: Greg Chandler

Whitney Covington
BTW Magnet School/Montgomery
Teacher: Dr. D. McDonald

3rd Place

Kaylee Smith
BTW Magnet School/Montgomery
Teacher: Dr. D. McDonald

Daniel Broderick
Calvary Christian Academ/Mont.
Teacher: Jack Mitchell




1ST Place

Ellie Vance
Advent Episcopal School/Birmingham
Teacher: Lee Stayer

John Blanding
WJ Christian School/Birmingham
Teacher: Jennifer Jones

2nd Place

Mary Jeanette Mellown
Gloryland Christian Academy/Mont.
Teacher: Terri Mellown

Jordan Reeves
Bear Exploration Center/Montgomery
Teacher: Kris White

3rd Place

Crossan Ryals
Advent Episcopal School/Birmingham
Teacher: Lee Stayer

Jordan Johnson
Bear Exploration Center/Montgomery
Teacher: Kris White


Winning Schools

1. Hartselle Jr. High
2. Athens Bible School
3. BTW Magnet School
4. Advent Episcopal School
5. Gloryland Christian Academy
6. Monroe Academy
7. Calvary Christian Academy
8. WJ Christian School
9. Bear Exploration Center