The Committee congratulates Justin Simmons who submitted the winning essay. Justin is currently attending the Texas A&M School of Law in College Station, Texas. This is the first of two 2015 scholarships awarded by Leonard B. Gabbay, P.C. The second scholarship will be awarded later this year.

The Leonard B. Gabbay, P.C. scholarship committee received many, many interesting essays discussing the topic “Juries, The Engine of Social Justice or Not?” Thank you for your thoughtful and articulate essay submissions. Honorable mention goes out to Melissa, Texas High School Graduate Elizabeth Minchey who will be attending the University of Texas at Austin this Fall and also to Edward Gomez who will be attending the University of Houston Law Center in the Fall.

justin simmonsJustin Simmons, along with many other students, focused on the power that our Constitution gives the People – the awesome power to decide what the standards will be in our communities. With each civil jury trial that we try at Leonard B. Gabbay, P.C., we focus on this power that Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers gave us with the 7th Amendment. We cannot bring the entire county in to the courtroom to decide a case. Jurors are a diverse group of 12 representatives of our community. Despite the diversity of the 12 jurors, they speak, at the end of the case, as a powerful entity, with one voice. They decide what the community standards will be. They decide, with their verdict, whether they value the safety rules that keep the community safe, or whether someone who violates a law will be cut a pass. A jury can effect change; they can influence future behavior. With their verdict, jurors wield an awesome power. They are the Conscience of the Community. We are the only country that gives this much power to the people. Other countries, even Great Britain, Germany, France will not allow the people to have this much power. For those of you who are pursuing a legal career, know the power of the jury and show them that their duty as a member of the Conscience of the Community is vast and powerful.

We want to thank all of the students who submitted essays, and we encourage all of you to continue in building your foundation through your education. We wish you all the best in your educational endeavors.

Len Gabbay