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May 08, 2006

Virginia State Bar Announces 2006 Law In Society Contest Winners

The Virginia State Bar and its Litigation Section announce the winners of the 2006 Law in Society Award Competition for Virginia high school students.  The VSB sponsors the contest annually to increase appreciation of the legal system among high school students. This year, students were asked to examine whether a national shield law should be enacted to protect journalists from revealing confidential sources.

The top three prizewinners attend Rockbridge County High School in Lexington.  The first-place winner is Martha Noelle Baldwin for her essay, “A Necessary Protection of the Press.???  Second place goes to Paul Mikkelsen Koch, and third to Meredyth Middlemas Gilmore.

Seven honorable mention prizes will be awarded to Monika Jasiewicz, Anne Douglas Shaw, Zoe Bruck and Austin Paul Bourdon, all of Rockbridge County High School; Kathryn Elizabeth Bagley and Christopher James Beacham, who attend Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in Suffolk; and Warren B. French II, who attends Massanutten Regional Governors School in Mount Jackson.

All winners receive a dictionary and thesaurus set, a plaque and a monetary prize of cash or U.S. Savings Bond.  Winners will receive their awards at presentations in their local communities.

For more information on the contest and to read the first-place essay, visit

The Virginia State Bar is the government agency that regulates the legal profession. It is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia. It is supported through the licensing dues paid by all Virginia lawyers, and it is governed by a council of lawyers elected or appointed from every judicial circuit in Virginia.


Updated: May 08, 2006