2017 Hon. Francis J. Darigan, Jr. Rhode Island Law Day Essay Contest Winners

06/18/2017 -
(Celebrating Benjamin’s and Sam’s awards during a ceremony at the Rhode Island Supreme Court were (l-r): Rhode Island Superior Court Associate Justice (ret) and initiator and namesake of the Rhode Island Law Day Essay Contest Award Francis J. Darigan, Jr., RI Workers’ Compensation Court Associate Judge Hugo L. Ricco, Jr., Narragansett High School Social Studies teacher Mathew Joubert, first place essay contest winner Benjamin Farman, Rhode Island Bar Association Past President Melissa E. Darigan, second place essay contest winner Sam Day, RI Superior Court Associate Justice Sarah Taft-Carter, RI Traffic Tribunal Magistrate Alan R. Goulart, Edward P. Gallogly Family Law Inns of Court Vice President Timothy J. Conlon, Esq., RI Department of Education representative Paul E. Pontarelli, Esq., and RI Supreme Court Associate Justice Gilbert V. Indeglia.)

The Rhode Island Law Day (RILD) Committee, with particular help from Rhode Island Bar Association, the Rhode Island Judiciary, Roger Williams University School of Law, and the Rhode Island Police Chief’s Association, sponsored the 2017 Hon. Francis J. Darigan, Jr. Rhode Island Law Day Essay Contest. Open to all Rhode Island 10th and 11th grade students, the 2017 Rhode Island Law Day Essay Contest focused on The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy, the same topic offered through this year’s RILD Classroom Programs.

Benjamin Farman, a student at Narragansett High School, won first place in this year’s contest. Benjamin received a $1,000 scholastic award made possible through the combined generosity of the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Rhode Island Police Chief’s Association. He also received a personalized engraved trophy cup, and his school received the Hon. Francis J. Darigan, Jr. Rhode Island Law Day Essay Contest, trophy cup for a one-year display, and a permanent plaque commemorating Benjamin’s achievement. And, this year, thanks to the generosity of the Edward P. Gallogly Family Law Inns of Court, a second place winner, Sam Day, another Narragansett High School student, was awarded a $250 scholastic award and a personalized engraved trophy cup.