Law Day Activities
About Law Day
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 Diane E. Winter is pleased to announce the activities planned for Law Day 2021. This year's theme is "Advancing the Rule of Law Now." The rule of law is the bedrock of American rights and liberties - in times of calm and unrest alike. This year's theme - "Advancing the Rule of Law Now" - reminds all of us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty, and pursue justice. The rule of law is a set of principles, or ideals, for ensuring an orderly and just society. Many countries throughout the world strive to uphold the rule of law where no one is above the law, everyone is treated equally under the law, everyone is held accountable to the same laws, there are clear and fair processes for enforcing the laws, there is an independent judiciary, and human rights are guaranteed for all.
Chief Judge Diane Winter and the Judges of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit are hopeful that the Lake County students will feel inspired to partake in the contests and are looking forward to receiving the entries.
|K - 3
||Coloring Contest (PDF)
Only the attached illustrations will be accepted. "My Voice Matters" illustration is for students in kindergarten and 1st grade. Students in 2nd and 3rd grade may submit one of the following: "Courtroom/Vote" or "Courtroom setting".
||Poster Contest (PDF)
Posters should illustrate the Law Day theme: "Advancing the Rule of Law Now." The poster should be on paper no larger than 12" x 14" and completed freehand.
||Essay Contest (PDF)
Essays should illustrate the Law Day theme: "Advancing the Rule of Law Now." 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.
|6 - 12||Illustration Contest (PDF)
Illustration must represent the Law Day theme: "Advancing the Rule of Law Now" or be "court related" and be 8-1/2" x 12" in size. Two first place winners will be chosen and those illustrations will be used for the Coloring Contest for grades kindergarten through 3rd.
An updated program is currently being organized to accommodate the current social distancing guidelines.
Lawyers in the Classroom
The Lake County Bar Association in support of the annual Law Day observance has prepared 4 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. For more information, visit the Lawyers in the Classroom webpage.
- The theme for 2018 was: "Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom"
- The theme for 2017 was: "14th Amendment - Transforming American Democracy"
- The theme for 2016 was: "MIRANDA ... more than words"