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Law Day

Friday, April 29, 2016 

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th U.S. President, established Law Day as a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law. In 1961 by a joint Congressional resolution, May 1st was designated as the official date for celebrating Law Day in the United States.

On behalf of the Judges of the Circuit Court of Lake County, Chief Judge John T. Phillips is pleased to announce the activities planned for Law Day 2016. The theme, “MIRANDA . . . more than words” underscores the importance of the American court system and its role in ensuring access to justice. All Lake County students are encouraged to participate, and we thank you for your support in the promotion of our annual Law Day program.

Printer friendly fliers: General Announcement [PDF], Grades K-8 Save the Date flier [PDF], High School Save the Date flier [PDF].

 Grades K-3

Coloring contest [PDF].
Only the attached illustrations will be accepted. The picture of the Courthouse [PDF] is for grades kindergarten and grade 1. The picture of the Judge and Litigants [PDF] is for grades 2 and 3.

 Grades 4-6 Poster contest [PDF].
Posters should illustrate the Law Day theme “MIRANDA . . . more than words”.
 Grades 7-8 Essay contest [PDF].
Judging will be based on content, clarity of expression and originality. Three finalists will be chosen from both grade levels. In addition, we would like to post the winning entries on the court’s website and, therefore, request the student’s permission to do so.
 Grades 6 - 12

Video contest [PDF].
Students, grades 6 - 12 are invited and encouraged to enter and submit videos they feel address this year’s theme. The videos will be judged on expression of the 2016 Law Day theme. Law Day Video Release Form [PDF]. 

 High School Courthouse Complex and Security Check Tour [PDF]. 
High school students will have the opportunity to attend three sessions of selected law related presentations.

Other Law Day Activities:

Lawyers in the Classroom  
The Lake County Bar Association in support of the annual Law Day observance has prepared four classroom teaching segments to help bring age-appropriate awareness to areas of the law that impact the lives of young people. These programs focus on dispute resolution, due process, equal protection and the first amendment. More information will be posted when available.

Previous Law Day U.S.A. Activities 

The theme for 2014 was: "The American Justice System and the Rule of Law: Why Every Juror’s Vote Matters"

  View the 2014 Award Winners : PDF, or WMV Video

The theme for 2013 was: Realizing the Dream: Equality for All

 View the 2013 Award Winners: PDF, MP4 Video, or WMV Video

The theme for 2012 was: NO Courts - NO Justice - NO Freedom

 View the 2012 Award Winners

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