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Law Day marked with breakfast, awards

May 1, 2018 GMT

BRIDGEPORT - A large crowd filled the offices of The Greater Bridgeport Bar Association Tuesday morning to mark the 60th anniversary of National Law Day.

Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis, the administrative judge for the Fairfield Judicial District, handed out the awards to the winners of this year’s essay contest, Hector Gonzalez, Cieanna Fernandes and Catrina Nguyen of Central High School and Chelsea Mclaren of Hallen Elementary School.

This year’s essay theme was “Separation of Powers; Framework for Freedom.”

Gonzalez, the first-place winner, read his essay to the audience in which he described the role of the three branches of government in immigration.

“The three branches must improve their system of enforcing immigration,” Gonzalez concluded.

“This was the highlight of not only my day but one of the best things I get to do as a judge,” said Bellis, who also handed out awards to the winners of the debate between Park City Magnet and Blackham schools. “The debate team members and the essay winners have such a good grasp of the workings of our government, our future is in good hands,” Bellis added.

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Established in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Law Day is a national day to celebrate the rule of law and its contributions to the freedoms Americans enjoy.

This year’s Law Day celebration began with a breakfast at the GBBA’s offices at 1057 Broad St. in Bridgeport.

“It’s days like this that make it all worth it,” concluded GBBA Executive Director Antoinette Manganello. “Let’s keep the support going.”

The GBBA was established in 1880, one of the oldest, continuously active bar associations in the United States.