May 30, 2017
By Patrick T. O'Connor
To the Editor:
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to extend congratulations to Dougherty Comprehensive High School students Belinda Odom, Jasper Wheeler and DeAnrae Carney on receiving the first, second and third place awards, respectively in the Dougherty County Bar Association’s Law Day Essay Contest.
The awards were presented during the Dougherty Bar’s Law Day Luncheon, featuring former Chief Judge Herbert Phipps of the Georgia Court of Appeals as keynote speaker.
The national theme for this year’s celebration of Law Day is “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy,” which commemorates the amendment’s citizenship, due process and equal protection clauses in our Constitution, thus advancing the rights of all Americans.
The members of the Dougherty County Bar Association are to be commended for their leadership and participation in this successful observance of Law Day, which helps raise public awareness of the importance and value of our justice system.
Patrick T. O’Connor
President, State Bar of Georgia