Law Day 2016
May 1, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the annual Law Day, a special day to recognize our nation’s commitment to the rule and practice of law, and declared by the American Bar Association. Every year, the Austin Bar Association recognizes and celebrates Law Day. Each year, the Austin Bar allows students of local high schools to participate in a legal writing competition. This year, the theme was “Miranda – More Than Words.” In 2016, our nation will celebrate and recognize the 50th anniversary of the famous Miranda v. Arizona, a case that marked history in the U.S. Supreme Court and changed the procedures for suspects being interrogated by law enforcement. Thankfully, Miranda v. Arizona paved the way for the requirement that suspects must be informed that they have a right to remain silent and a right to legal counsel when being questioned by police. Nikki, along with a committee of other volunteers, reviewed and scored numerous written pieces by the students. The scoring criteria consisted of creativity, clarity on the subject matter, organization and presentation, as well as the ability to accurately and effectively apply their knowledge of the Miranda rights and issues. The participants in the Law Day Essay Competition were definite ‘smarty pants.’ The recitation of the case history and the application to real life scenarios was truly impressive. Nikki has volunteered with Law Day events in the past and she has remained a member of the Law-Related Education committee. Without a doubt, the students on the 2016 Law Day Essay Competition set the bar higher this year. We are looking forward to the next wave of ‘smarty pants’ in 2017. Keep up the good work, kids!