This year the American Bar Association chose “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom” as the 2012 Law Day theme. It was selected to highlight the importance of our courts and the serious funding shortages they face, which can endanger the court’s ability to provide access to justice for all.
Cochise County encouraged students to think about this topic and share their own ideas in their annual Law Day essay and art contests. Students, grades 6th – 12th, were asked to write their thoughts on “What Would Our Society Look Like Without Fair and Impartial Courts?” The topic for the art contest, “Picture Our Society Without Lady Justice”, was open to students Kindergarten - 12th grade.
Five students from Benson Schools were amongst the winners. Essay contest winners: 1st Place (Middle School) - Isabelle Smalley, 8th grade; 1st Place (High School) – Shelby Brittain, 11th grade; 2nd Place (High School) – Allison Rogers, 11th Grade. Art contest winners: 1st Place (K-5) – Bailey Griffith, 2nd grade; 2nd Place (K-5) – Marley Rose Nixon, 2nd grade.
The essays were judged in two separate categories: 6th – 8th grade students and 9th – 12th grade students. The graphic arts/photography contest was divided into three groups: Kindergarten -5th grade, 6th – 8th grade and 9th – 12th grade. First and second place winners were awarded in each category.
Contest winners were invited to read their essay and comment on their artwork on the steps of the Cochise County Courthouse in Bisbee during Cochise County’s Law Day Ceremony, May 1st starting at 10:00 a.m.