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April 14, 2014

Norman student’s essay wins second place at Law Day

NORMAN — Longfellow Middle School student Addison Moody placed second in the recent statewide Law Day writing contest sponsored by the Oklahoma Bar Association. Moody, a sixth grade student, won $25 for her essay.

More than 1,000 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade entered this year’s Law Day contests, themed “Democracy and You.” Moody said her teacher, Traci Argo, gifted and talented director, introduced middle school students to the contest.

“After learning about the contest and going to Law Day at OU, I wanted to enter and see if I could win,” Moody said.

While visiting the University of Oklahoma law school’s Law Day, Moody got to see a mock trial.

“It was exciting to watch — the lawyers going back and forth,” she said. “I do think it would be cool to work in the legal field.”

In order to write her essay, Moody said she did a lot of online research as well as consulted books, working for about 3-4 hours outside of school.

“I wrote about the importance of why laws are made and enforced,” Moody explained. “In the mock trial, the man was in trouble for disturbing the peace and jaywalking and something else. So I thought about that and how more people could get hurt without laws to stop them.”

OBA President Renée DeMoss said the contest was meant to encourage students to think critically and creatively about the role of the legal system in our society.

“We not only want them to express themselves, but to start thinking about how the law works in their everyday lives. Once again, students across the state have demonstrated their intelligence, talent and understanding of the legal system,” DeMoss said.

Moody said that she believed restrictions allow society to do more overall and that a lack of laws would create chaos.

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