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May 24, 2016

Claire Dozier of McLean Wins Annual Law in Society Award

Eight Virginia high school students have been chosen from almost 200 entries as winners of the Virginia State Bar 2016 Law in Society essay contest. The winners are: first place, Claire Dozier of Mclean High School in McLean; second place, Ankush Joshi of Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria; and third place, Bryan Boag of Clarke County High School in Berryville.

The five honorable mentions went to Ian Anspaugh of Chantilly High School in Chantilly; Kaylea Armstrong of Monacan High School in Chesterfield County; Mary Black of Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach; John McHale of West Springfield High School in Springfield; and Jacob Thurmond of Veritas School in Richmond.

Sponsored by the Special Committee on Communications and the Litigation Section of the bar, the contest, now in its twenty-third year, awards almost $7,000 in prize money to students whose essays exemplify the best analytical reasoning and concise writing on pre-determined topics of trending legal significance.

This year’s hypothetical question asked students to explore the issue of student privacy in a school vs. out-of-school setting as it pertains to social media, cell phones, and text messages in an essay of 750-1000 words. The essays were judged by a panel of lawyers and staff from the Virginia State Bar.

First place winner Claire Dozier will travel with her family to the VSB Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach to receive her award on June 17.

Updated: May 25, 2016