WHS seniors honored for law essays

Keith Sjodin, managing partner of Melchert Hubert Sjodin, left, and Erin Jensen, associate attorney at Melchert Hubert Sjodin, right, stand with Law Day essay contest winners from Waconia High School. The students are, from left: Zach Borer (third), Kali Breska (first), and Austin Strong (second). (Patriot photo by Todd Moen)

Keith Sjodin, managing partner of Melchert Hubert Sjodin, left, and Erin Jensen, associate attorney at Melchert Hubert Sjodin, right, stand with Law Day essay contest winners from Waconia High School. The students are, from left: Zach Borer (third), Kali Breska (first), and Austin Strong (second). (Patriot photo by Todd Moen)

In honor of Law Day, celebrated each year on May 1 — a day set aside to celebrate the “rule of law” and to educate the citizens about how laws and the legal process contribute to freedoms that we share in the United States — Melchert Hubert Sjodin, a local law firm with offices in Waconia, Chaska, and Hutchinson, organized a Law Day essay contest for seniors at Waconia High School.
In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day by declaring a day of national dedication to the principles of government under the law. In 1961, Congress, by joint resolution, designated May 1st as the official date for celebrating Law Day each year.
Throughout the following years, many public and private organizations of various sizes have participated in, or have honored, Law Day in their own way. The American Bar Association designates a Law Day theme every year. The theme for 2013 is “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All” and focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s statement that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
The essay contest participants were asked to respond to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1965 quote:
“Freedom is not enough. … It is not enough just to open the gates of opportunity. All our citizens must have the ability to walk through those gates. This is the next and the more profound stage of the battle for civil rights. We seek not just freedom but opportunity. We seek not just legal equity but human ability, not just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and equality as a result.”
— Lyndon B. Johnson, “To Fulfill These Rights,” (1965)
This past week, 33 students submitted essays for judging by Melchert Hubert Sjodin. Partner Racheal Holland and associate attorney Erin Jensen judged the entries and selected three entries to receive college scholarships from the firm. The prizes were awarded as follows: first place – Kali Breska, daughter of Jim and Mary Breska; second place – Austin Strong, son of Heidi Strong; and third place – Zach Borer, son of Gregg and Annette Borer.
Melchert Hubert Sjodin is proud to serve the western metro area of the Twin Cities. For over 50 years they have been giving back to the community as part of a personal and professional code. The attorneys assist businesses, municipalities, organizations, individuals and families with a wide range of experience in many areas of the law.

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