Submitted to the Optic
The State Bar of New Mexico hosts an annual essay contest in which students write a legal brief based on a fictitious case with state laws and school policy procedures for students to incorporate into the essay.
This year, the Bar received 107 essays from throughout the state. Jamie Lee Mathis, a West Las Vegas High School Senior, won third place (worth $250). In addition, Renee Alvino, a senior, Sarah Gallegos, Karla Gallegos, and Christopher Yee, juniors, placed in the top 25; Patrick Lopez, a junior, placed in the top seven.