2016 Law Day Ceremony

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The Houston County Bar Association hosted its annual Law Day celebration on May 3, 2016. The highlight of Law Day was the presentation of scholarships to the winners of the Annual Scholarship competition. The competition is open to graduating high school seniors from Houston County who will be entering college in the Fall. The students were required to submit a brief essay, a high school transcript and a letter of recommendation from a high school instructor. The ceremony took place at the Houston County Superior Courthouse with the Bar President, Monica Wilburn, presenting the Scholarship Awards. Houston County Judges, members of the Bar Association, Houston County Commissioners Office and other local elected officials were in attendance to recognize the scholarship award recipients.

This year the scholarship committee awarded the senior with the best essay a $1,000 scholarship. The remaining five seniors received a $500 scholarship. The scholarships are funded completely by donations from the members of the Houston County Bar Association.

In addition, to the scholarship awards, the Houston County Bar Association celebrated this year’s Law Day theme, “Miranda – more than words,” with remarks given by Judge Katherine Lumsden and a Law Day Proclamation from Houston County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tommy Stalnaker. Houston County District Attorney, George Hartwig, gave a presentation on the events after the Miranda decision and we heard from the four candidates running for the open seat for Houston County Superior Court Judge (G. E. Bo Adams, Jeffery Grube, Walter G. Sammons and Michelle Smith).

Each May, the Houston County Bar Association observes Law Day to commemorate the rule of law, the judiciary, and its place in American society. The idea of a national Law Day was conceived in 1957 by American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes. In 1958 President Dwight D. Eisenhower, established the first Law Day, and in 1961 the U.S. Congress issued a joint resolution making May 1 the official Law Day.