Williamson County Bar Association presents Law Day awards to Teen Court Participants

Williamson County — Participants of Judge Staudt’s Teen Court program swept the local Law Day competition, with participants being given numerous awards for their entries. The Law Day competition is an annual competition, hosted by the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Young Lawyers Association, that invites students to submit essays, photographs, and posters to “celebrate the importance of law and its impact on our nation and local communities” (Texas Young Lawyer’s Association). This year is the 60th anniversary of the celebration of Law Day and the theme is Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.

All first-round winners of the Law Day Competition, as well as local winners of the statewide competition, will be honored during the Teen Court Awards Ceremony, held May 14, 2018, and local winners will receive cash prizes from the Williamson County Bar Association. Entries of first place winners from each category advance to the state level of the Law Day Competition, where they compete with other winning students for first, second, and third place. In addition to our many local winners, the Williamson County Bar Association is incredibly proud to announce two of our local finalists were awarded third place prizes in the statewide competition! First, second, and third place statewide winners in each category are invited to the State Bar of Texas Law Day Luncheon on May 1, 2018.

The contest winners and the names of their entries appear below. (Photos of the winning poster and photography entries are available upon request).


Editorial Contest 
• First Place: Joshua Legg, Separation of Powers, Freedom by Design
• Second Place: Lisbeth BrittA Government that Controls Itself 
• Third Place: William Armbruster, The Separation of Powers
• Honorable Mention: Hope Britt, The Constant Strive for Freedom

Photography Contest 
• First Place: Emma McAndrews, Freedom Framed – Separate Powers – One Flag (click HERE to see)

Poster Contest
• First Place: Kristina Hoskins, Powering America’s Freedom (click HERE to see) 
• Second Place: Emma McAndrews, The Puzzle of Government 

STATEWIDE WINNERS from Williamson County

Editorial Contest 

• Third Place: Joshua Legg, Separation of Powers, Freedom by Design

Poster Contest
• Third Place: Kristina Hoskins, Powering America’s Freedom

The Williamson County Bar Association would like to thank all the participants who submitted entries to this year’s Law Day Competition, and congratulations to all!

Teen Court

The 2016 Teen Court is ready for action. They have completed orientation, interviewed and been appointed as attorneys, judges, jurors, bailiffs, and clerks. They have lots of fun learning all about the criminal justice system. The offenders who appear before them will be treated with all respect and professionalism. Each offender that completes the sentence awarded by the Teen Jury has their court case dismissed and keeps a clean record.

Students recognized for achieving the role of Teen Court Judge at the annual awards ceremony include Emma McIlheran, Caitlin Legg, Grace Leake, Melanie Horton, Mallory Fulwider and Alice Hui. Each received an inscribed gavel, certificate of accomplishment and lapel pin in the shape of the scale of justice.

Date: Training Sessions & Court are held Monthly (calendar below)
Time : All court and training sessions will run from 6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Staff should arrive between 6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. on court nights.
Location : The Justice Court courtroom of the Williamson County Annex located at 350 Discovery Boulevard in Cedar Park, Texas
For More Information: Please contact the Program Director,Chloe Cofty(512)260-4229

2017-2018 Schedule
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January 8, 2018 – Try-Outs/Training

January 22, 2018 – Training

January 29, 2018 – Court

February 12, 2018 – Court

February 26, 2018 – Court

March 5, 2018 – Training

March 19, 2018 – Court

April 2, 2018 – Training

April 9, 2018 – Court 

April 30, 2018 - Court

May 7, 2018 - Court

May 14, 2018 - Awards Ceremony

 TitleOwnerCategoryModified DateSize 
Teen Court Pocket CalendarAmy Tippie 4/11/201818.65 KBDownload
Teen Court Registration FormAmy Tippie 6/7/2017339.25 KBDownload