2016 Law Day Winners
2016 Law Day Winners
Posted on 05/03/2016
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CONGRATULATIONS to our BHS Winners of the Law Day Essay Contest - 9th – 12th grade

* 1st place – Cade Curtis

* 2nd place – Shelbie Lopshire

* Teacher – Ms. Lamb

 Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales to give Key Note Address at 2016 Cochise County Law Day Celebration in Tombstone. 

Bisbee, Arizona, March 30, 2016.   On May 2, 2016, Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales will be the keynote speaker for Cochise County’s 14th annual Law Day Celebration.  The event will be held at Tombstone High School at 1:15 p.m.  This year’s theme is “MIRANDA: more than words.”  The public is encouraged to attend and to consider the subject posed by our speaker.

Law Day 2016 is the culmination of several weeks of activities featuring educational presentations to K-12 classes all across Cochise County as well as a local Boys and Girls Club. Classes were given by professionals from the legal, law enforcement and court communities.  Again this year, schools across the County were invited to have their students participate in the popular Art and Essay contests to help illustrate the theme MIRANDA: more than words.  Winners will be announced at the Law Day celebration.

The court is honored that Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales has agreed to be our Law Day Speaker.  Scott Bales joined the Arizona Supreme Court in 2005 and became Chief Justice on July 1, 2014.   He regularly teaches courses as an adjunct professor at the law schools at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.  He is also a member the ABA’s Law School Accreditation Committee, the Executive Committee of the ABA’s Appellate Judges Conference, and the Council of the American Law Institute.

Before his appointment to the Court, he practiced law in Arizona for nearly 20 years as both a private and public lawyer.  From 2001-2005, he worked at Lewis and Roca LLP, where his practice focused on appellate and complex litigation.  As Arizona’s Solicitor General from 1999-2001, he handled major appeals in state and federal court, oversaw the enforcement of Arizona election laws, and supervised the preparation of legal opinions on issues concerning state government.   Justice Bales also was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Policy Development, a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, and a Special Investigative Counsel for the Justice Department’s Inspector General.  He clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Joseph T. Sneed III on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  After graduating from Michigan State University with degrees in history and economics, he received a master’s degree in economics and his law degree from Harvard. 

About Law Day

Law Day is an annual event, which was originally conceived in 1957 when American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes envisioned a special national day to mark our commitment to the rule of law.  The following year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the first Law Day.  Law Day was made official in 1961 when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day.