Law Day essays deliver scholarships to WHS students

Thomas Gerberding, an associate attorney with Melchert Hubert Sjodin, stands with Law Day essay winners from Waconia High School, from left: Colin Swee (1st place), Shawn McHale (2nd place) and Megan Vit (3rd place). (Patriot photo by Todd Moen)

Thomas Gerberding, an associate attorney with Melchert Hubert Sjodin, stands with Law Day essay winners from Waconia High School, from left: Colin Swee (1st place), Shawn McHale (2nd place) and Megan Vit (3rd place). (Patriot photo by Todd Moen)

In honor of Law Day, a day set aside to celebrate the “rule of law” and to educate 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 2014 is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters” and focuses on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy.

The essay contest participants were asked to respond to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s quote: “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”

Over the past several weeks, seniors at Waconia High School submitted essays for judging by Melchert Hubert Sjodin. Associate attorneys Erin Jensen, Kaarin Foede, and Thomas Gerberding judged the entries and selected three entries to receive college scholarships from the firm. The prizes were awarded as follows: First place, Colin Swee, son of Karl and Christine Swee of Waconia; second place, Shawn McHale, son of Connie Smetana of Waconia; and third place, Megan Vit, daughter of Larry and Delora Wallner of Waconia.

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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