Law Day 2012
The annual Law Week reception was celebrated on Tuesday, May 1 in the Jury Assembly room of the main courthouse in Fort Pierce. Our keynote speaker, the Honorable Jonathan D. Gerber from the Fourth District Court of Appeals, spoke on the early influences in his life. Opportunities to learn about his government and his mentors' guidance made a lasting impression on him. Judge Gerber was guided to understand that service and respect for others are inherent in the rule of law.

This year, Norm Penner and Michael Lannon were Thonored for making St. Lucie County a better place to live. Both 2012 Law Week honorees embody virtues that make the community stronger by mentoring and leading our next generation. Norm Penner is the Director of the St. Lucie County Boys and Girls Club and has worked for the Boys and Girls Club around the country for the last 38 years. Dr. Michael Lannon is the Superintendent of St. Lucie County Schools and has worked with dedication to reach all students.

The 2012 Student Art Contest had almost 400 entries Tand they are displayed in the courthouse lobby. The student art interpreted this year's American Bar Association Law Day Theme, “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.” (The first place winner among the High School entries is on the cover of this issue.) The prizes were expanded from four to twelve prizes this year plus another eighteen Honorable Mentions for best in school. All-inall, thirty children received acknowledgement and prize money amounting to $3500. The checks were presented by Kim Cunzo, the Art Contest Chair, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

Back row: Michael Lannon, Norm Penner & Honorable Jonathan D. Gerber with many of the 2012 Art contest winners.
Norm Penner and Hon. Burton C. Conner Superintendent of Schools Michael Lannon, High School winner Jessica Coleman, Kim Cunzo, Art Contest Chairperson.
By Hailey Innocent, 11th Grade
Lincoln Park Academy
By Ying Ying Zhang, 9th Grade
Lincoln Park Academy
By Jessica Coleman, 10th Grade
Lincoln Park Academy
By Breyale Jenkins, 8th Grade
Lincoln Park Academy