The 2011 Law Day Banquet was held May 2 at Maceli's Banquet Hall.
This year's theme was "The Legacy of John Adams, from Boston to Guantanamo".
The featured speaker was Judge Steve Leben of the Kansas Court of Appeals. Author of several articles on procedural fairness, he has lectured throughout the country about the perception of litigants, defendants, and the public about the fairness of the court system.
The 2011 Liberty Bell Award was presented to Juanita Carlson in recognition of her volunteer service to the Court in Protection from Abuse cases.
Winners of this year's Legal Essay Contest were announced at the banquet. The topic for this year's contest, co-sponsored by the Law Library and DCBA, was: Does the Second Amendment Allow Ownership of Assault Weapons? The winners were:
Joshua Myers - Veritas Christian School - $1,500.00 1st prize;
Colin Thomas - Baldwin High School - $1,000.00 2nd prize; and
Ann Wallsmith - Baldwin High School - $500.00 3rd prize.
Mr. Myers' name and school have been inscribed on a plaque on permanent display in the Law Library. Their essays, as well as prior years' essays, are available on the Law Library website.