Nichols Upper Elementary student takes first place in statewide Law Day contest.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Avery Walther of Nichols Upper Elementary won first place in the recent statewide Law Day art and writing contests sponsored by the Oklahoma Bar Association.

Walther placed first in fourth-grade writing for her essay about separation of powers. She was recognized during a ceremony at the Oklahoma Judicial Center where she received her award from Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Douglas Combs.

Five other students from Nichols Upper Elementary also earned honorable mentions – BK Auku, Akilah Coats, Grant Lawless, Jaelon Ramsey and Delanie Roblyer.

More than 900 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th entered this year’s Law Day Contest, themed “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.”

“This year’s theme provided an opportunity to examine the balance of power between our three branches of government,” said OBA President Kimberly Hays. “Maintaining the framework conceived by our founding fathers is essential to ensuring our freedoms, and this year the students demonstrated their understanding through their entries.”

Law Day, a nationwide event designated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, is celebrated annually with events on or around May 1 to raise public awareness of American law. The idea for Law Day was conceived by the late Hicks Epton, a Wewoka attorney and Oklahoma Bar Association past president.

As part of the Law Day celebration, Oklahoma lawyers will be available to give free legal advice on Thursday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Those in the Tulsa area may call 918-838-8770; those across the state may call 800-456-8525. Residents may also email questions to askalawyer@okbar.org. More information about Law Day is available at www.okbar.org/lawday.

Also, to celebrate Law Day, the annual Ask A Lawyer TV show will air at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, on Oklahoma’s public television station OETA. This year, the show will cover estate planning, mental health court and expungements.

The 18,000-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma's legal community.