The Oklahoma Bar Associations recently conducted their annual Law Day essay contest, which this year featured entries from more than 900 students from across the state. Participants competed in divisions for grades pre-K through 12 grade. This year's subject was "The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy."

Miracle Chatman, Gabriel Mendelson and Kylie Romeros, all students at Lawton High School, won awards and recognition for the entries in the competition. Chatman earned honorable mention, while Mandelson took 2nd place in the 10th grade division for his essay on due process, while Romeros took home the second place award in the 11th grade division for her essay discussing segregation.

The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution deals with deals with many aspects of citizenship and right of U.S. citizens. It is most commonly referred to with the use of the phrase "equal protection under the law." It also includes clauses on civil rights, due process, how congressional representation is dispersed and territorial jurisdictions.

Designated by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1958, Law Day is a national event celebrated throughout April and May, to raise awareness of American Law, how it is created and how it effects us as citizens.

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Story courtesy of Oklahoma Bar Association and the Lawton Constitution

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