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County Bar to host Law Day dinner

The Nevada County Bar Association will hold its annual Law Day Dinner and High School Student Essay Awards on Nov. 12, at Summer Thyme’s, 231 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley.

High school student essay winners will be awarded scholarships. The subject of the essays this year is “Happy 800th Birthday of the Magna Carta: Judicial Interpretation of the Constitution and the Evolution of Individual Rights.”

The first, second and third place winners will be announced at the dinner. They will receive scholarships of $1,000, $500 and $250, respectively.

The event will be held at the Summer Thyme’s dining room beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. on Nov. 12.

The annual essay contest for high school students began in 1978, when local lawyer Ray Shine and English teacher Mike Blake decided to create an event that would recognize academic excellence at the high schools with a trophy for best essay.

From the beginning, the Nevada County Bar Association sponsored the event by organizing a banquet to honor the best writers at local high schools and to reward academic excellence, first with US Savings Bonds and later with scholarship money donated by the Bar.

Over the years, the event evolved but local attorneys and judges have always gathered each year to recognize the essay efforts of high school students and to promote public discussion of important legal concepts.

For 2015, the Bar has linked the youth awards to a presentation by Professor Leslie G. Jacobs, of the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.

Jacobs has been the director of the Capital Center for Public Law and Policy at McGeorge since 2008, having been on the faculty since 1993. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.

She clerked for United States Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, and previously worked at several large firms and taught at the U.C. Davis Law School as well as at several schools overseas.

Jacobs specializes in U.S. and comparative constitutional law, government structure and processes, bioterrorism and public health law.

For additional information on Jacobs, see and

Attendance is open to the public, but seating is limited. Cost for the evening including a buffet dinner is $37 per person. No host wine and beer bar.

Advance reservation and payment is required. For information or tickets call: 530-272-7207 or email

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