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 Jay W. Ukena invited all Lake County students to participate in the activities planned for Law Day 2018. This year's theme is "Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom." The U.S. Constitution created our government with three separate branches, each serving a different purpose: 1) Legislative (Congress); 2) Executive (headed by the President); and 3) Judicial (headed by the U.S. Supreme Court). It also gave each branch certain powers and outlined how they interact with each branch serving as a check on the others. This separation and balancing of powers is our framework for freedom, but we, the people, must act to make sure that our constitutional democracy continues to preserve our liberties and protect our rights. The Law Day 2018 theme encourages us to think about the importance of the separation of powers and how our governmental system is working for us and for future generations.
Law Day at the Lake County Courthouse will be observed on Friday, April 27, 2018. The activities planned for this event are the following:
Approximately 300 Lake County High School students will attend a morning of law-related sessions presented by the Judges of Lake County, the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Department, and the Coroner’s Office. Each school will attend three 40-minute assemblies. The sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m. and include a CSI task force presentation; a Sentencing; and an improved session on Social Media; Suspect Interrogation; a visit to the Coroner’s facility; and a Jail Tour.
At 12:30 p.m., an awards ceremony will be held in the Jury Assembly Room. Chief Judge Jay Ukena, together with several other Lake County Judges, will greet and welcome all Law Day contest winners. First, second, and third place winners in grades kindergarten through eighth grades will be recognized for their winning entries of the various Law Day contests – coloring, poster and essay. The winning entries will be posted on the Circuit’s new website, and all students will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the Judges. In addition, the students will be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a gift card.
|K - 3
||Coloring Contest (PDF)
||Poster Contest (PDF)
Posters should illustrate the Law Day theme, The Fourteenth Amendment "Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom."
||Essay Contest (PDF)
Essays should illustrate the Law Day theme, The Fourteenth Amendment, "Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom." 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||YouTube Contest (PDF)
Videos of two minutes or less should illustrate the Law Day theme, The Fourteenth Amendment: "Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom." Contest information, rules and forms are located at the 19th Judicial Circuit's Law Day 2017 page. www.19thcircuitcourt.state.il.us/.
||Courthouse Complex and Security Check Tour (PDF)
High school students will have the opportunity to attend three sessions of selected law related presentations.
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 2017 was: "14th Amendment - Transforming American Democracy"
- The theme for 2016 was: "MIRANDA ... more than words"
- The theme for 2015 was: "MAGNA CARTA: Symbol of Freedom Under Law"