Law Day

Law Day

Law Day is held on May 1st every year to celebrate the rule of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. The American Bar Association picks an annual theme, which in 2022 is “Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change.”

NCSC's annual Civics Education Essay Contest gives 3rd-12th grade students the opportunity to understand and explain the importance and the role of the United States government. Winners for the 2022 contest were announced on May 1st. Visit NCSC early next year to submit an essay to next year's topic.

NCSC has gathered a list of activities state bar associations offered to honor Law Day 2022.

Library of Congress and the American Bar Association

The Law Library of Congress and the American Bar Association presented the Law Day 2022 webinar “Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change" on April 28 at 3pm EDT. Register here.

Alabama

The Alabama State Bar Lawyer in Every Classroom Committee asked lawyers to visit 6th to 8th grade classrooms in-person or virtually on May 2. It was a great opportunity for students in Alabama to learn about this year's theme.

Alaska

For more information about Law Day celebrations in Alaska, contact your local clerk or court administrator.

Arizona

The Arizona Bar Foundation’s Law For Kids offered an interactive contest for K-12 students. This year's contest included video and drawing submissions. Winners were announced May 1.

California

The San Diego County Bar Association held an essay and poster contest for students K-12. Submissions were due on April 15. All first-place poster and video contest winners are recognized at the Annual Law Week luncheon on May 20.

Colorado

The Colorado Bar Association hosted a presentation on the Rule of Law from Our Courts Colorado. Registration was required for this online event on May 2.

Connecticut

The Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society hosted an art and essay contest for high school students.

Delaware

The Delaware State Bar Association hosted a luncheon, featuring a keynote speaker and presentation, on May 2 from 12pm-2pm. This event required registration ($).

District of Columbia

The Washington Bar Association hosted their Annual Law Day Dinner on May 7 at 6:30pm. Tickets were required ($).

Florida

The Jacksonville Bar Association Law Week Committee hosted events throughout the week of May 1.

Guam

The Guam Bar Association sponsored a coloring contest (K-2), art contest (3-5) and essay contest (middle and high school). The Guam Law Week Facebook page posts updates about other events as well. Those events usually include Virtual Mock Trials with elementary schools and the Guam Girl Scouts Democracy Badge Virtual Conference. Guam has also hosted physical activities during Law Month including Race Judicata (Virtual 5K), Jump for Justice and the Special Olympics - Haggan Games.

Law Month articles are featured weekly in the Pacific Daily News during the month of May.

Idaho

The Idaho Law Foundation sponsored a Law Day podcast competition for high school students. Submissions were due April 29 and winners announced on May 13.

Illinois

The Illinois State Bar Association hosted a Virtual CLE & Clinic on May 2 from 11:30am-2 pm. Other local courts have contests and activities like the 19th Judicial Circuit Court.

Iowa

The Polk County Bar Association offers a K-12 art, music and essay competitions yearly.

Louisiana

The Baton Rouge Bar Foundation Law Day Program offers student art and essay contests along with virtual events.

Maine

The Maine Bar Association hosted an art and essay contests for student in grades 9-12. Entries were due April 1.

Maryland

The Baltimore Bar Association offers an art contest for grades K-8th grade students, and an art and essay contest for high school students. Submissions were due April 4.

Michigan

The State Bar of Michigan posts local contests and events.

Mississippi

The Mississippi Bar Association offers a Law Day art contest for grades K-12.

Nebraska

The Nebraska State Bar Foundation celebrates Law Day annually with activities and contests.

Nevada

The Nevada Center for Civic Engagement hosted an Ask the Expert event on April 28 at 10am via zoom. Registration was required.

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Bar Association hosted a Lawyer & Judge in Every School event on May 6 getting attorney presenters into classrooms across the state.

New Jersey

The Superior Court of New Jersey Essex Vicinage sponsored an art, writing and video contest for Law Day. The deadline was April 8.

New York

The Bar Association of Erie County hosted a live event recognizing their Law Day honorees on May 3. Tickets were required ($).

The Nassau County Bar Association hosted a dinner and award reception on May 2 at 5:30pm. Tickets were required ($).

North Carolina

The North Carolina Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division offered a poster contest for students in 3rd-5th grade, an essay contest for grades 6-12, a McIntyre Youth Leadership Challenge and a Regional Moot Court Competition. Their Law Day ceremony was on May 6.

Northern Mariana Islands

The U.S. District Court of the Mariana Islands posts updates about Law Day on their Facebook page.

Ohio

The Toledo Bar Association hosted an essay contest for grades 7-12.

The Stark County Bar Association held a poster and essay contest for grades 7-12. Submissions were due March 31.

Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Bar Association sponsored a coloring, art and essay contest for students in grades K-12.

Pennsylvania

The Washington County Bar Association offers multiple Law Day programs.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Bar Association held an essay contest for 10-12th graders.

South Carolina

The South Carolina Bar Association hosts an essay contest for grades 9-12. Entries will be accepted until June 3.

Tennessee

The Chattanooga Bar Association celebrated Law Day on May 4. Registration was required ($).

The Nashville Bar Association celebrated Law Day with a lunch program on May 6 from 12pm-1pm. Tickets were required ($).

Texas

The Dallas Bar Association offered an art, essay and poster contest. Submissions were due March 23.

The Houston Bar Association also sponsored essay contests, as well as other events and activities.

The State Bar of Texas usually hosts an essay, photography and poster contest. The deadline for submissions was March 30 this year. The winners are recognized at a Law Day celebration ceremony. The State Bar also provides a list of educational resources for students of all grades.

West Virginia

The West Virginia State Bar offered an essay contest. Submissions were due on April 1.