Students from kindergarten to 12th grade descended upon the State Bar of Texas Monday for the 2016 Law Day celebration.

The young Texans won awards for essays, photography, and posters dedicated to the national day’s theme, “Miranda: More than Words,” marking the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona and exploring the associated protections and rights afforded to U.S. citizens by the Constitution and safeguarded by the courts.

Law Day is celebrated nationally each year on May 1 to honor the rule of law.

“It’s about justice, it’s about liberty and the core principles of our nation,” State Bar President Allan K. DuBois said to the students and their families gathered for the event at the Texas Law Center. “I am so pleased that so many of you have been taught to understand this at such an early age.”

Ezhan Hasan, a senior at All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler and the first place winner in the high school essay contest, read his award-winning piece aloud.

The student winners were presented with their awards at the event, enjoyed a luncheon, and took a tour of the Texas Supreme Court and Criminal Court of Appeals.

For more photos of the event, check out our online gallery.