Dougherty County celebrates Law Day

Pataula Circuit Chief Judge Joe C. Bishop addresses the crowd at the Dougherty Circuit Bar Association luncheon.

/ Colby Gallagher

The Dougherty Circuit Bar Association held their annual luncheon to discuss the history of Law Day and honor law students who have received awards in their field.

Chief Judge Joe C. Bishop of the Pataula Circuit spoke to the crowd about this year's theme: "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom," which expresses the importance of state court funding.

Bishop distributed pennies to the crowd and consistently referred to a theme of "a penny for your thoughts."

After the speech, the 2012 Liberty Bell Award was given to Annette Bowling, the Executive Director of the Albany Advocacy Resource Center. Bowling received the award for her work providing community based care for those with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses.

Following Bowling's award, C. Jason Willcox announced local high school and middle school students who received awards for this year's Bar Essay Contest.

The event concluded with the induction of six Albany High School students into this year's Georgia Law Honor Society.

Albany High School's law and justice teacher, Lynn Miller, feels this is a great event for her students to attend.

"It is important that they be aware of the law and the history of the law and what gives us our rights that we have today as American citizen and this is just the one week or the one day that we can celebrate that every year."

May 1st marks the 55th annual Law Day since President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed it in 1958.

Bar Essay Contest Winners:
High School:
First Place - A'Kera Watson, Albany High
Second Place - Kadarius Moore, Albany High
Third Place - Aaliyah Dent, Albany High

Middle School:
First Place - Emily Pursel, St. Teresa's
Second Place - Hana Ghiathi, St. Teresa's
Third Place - Lacey Coleman, St. Teresa's

Georgia Law Honor Society Inductees:
Aaliyah Dent
Katherine Gilyard
A'Mon Gordon
Joseph Myler
Kadarius Moore
Tickeria Stamper
Andrew Tabatt (2nd consecutive year)