Carver High School Student Dakota Barnett Wins First Place in State Bar of Texas’ Law Day Contest

Carver High School Student Dakota Barnett Wins First Place in State Bar of Texas’ Law Day Contest
Posted on 04/16/2017

Through the Arts: Students capture our freedoms and rights protected by the U.S. Constitution.


Dakota Barnett’s photograph titled “Prohibited” showed the power of his civic voice. He won the State Bar of Texas’ 2017 Law Day Contest.

Each year, people across America celebrate Law Day on May 1 to honor the rule of law. It underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that we all share. Law Day also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in this democracy.

Local bar associations, courts, schools and community organizations hold Law Day programs. The events help people understand how law keeps us free. And how our legal system strives to achieve justice.

Dakota, a student at Carver High School, took part in the Houston Bar Association’s 2017 Law Day Contest. His first place win in photography advanced him to the state competition.

2017 Topic: Why is it important that all people receive equal protection of the law? law_day_2017_logo

Students explored the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Through its Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses, this transformative amendment advanced the rights of all Americans. It also played a pivotal role in extending the reach of the Bill of Rights to the states. Ratified during Reconstruction a century and a half ago, the Fourteenth Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under law. Each student’s work had to capture the specified topic.

Entries had to be students’ original work. Photographs had to also show technical knowledge of good composition, exposure and lighting.

According to the State Bar of Texas, they “had many talented entries again this year and are always impressed by the creativity and hard work of our contestants.”

The State Bar of Texas will recognize the winners on Monday, May 1 at the Texas Law Center during its Law Day Celebration.

For a complete list of winners and their artworks, visit the State Bar of Texas website.

Congratulations Dakota!