NCSC has put together a list of how courts and law organizations are commemorating Law Day -- from digital displays and podcast competitions and essay and art contests. Though many states and organizations have cancelled Law Day events for 2020 due to the COVID-19 emergency, The National Center for State Courts gathered a list of contests and virtual activities from around the country.
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 2021 is “Advancing the Rule of Law Now,” which reminds all of us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty, and pursue justice.
We've gathered a list of activities courts are offering to honor Law Day.
Library of Congress and the American Bar Association
The Law Library of Congress and the American Bar Association will present the Law Day 2021 program, “Advancing the Rule of Law Now: A Global Perspective,” on April 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET. This event will be presented as a free, streaming program.
The Arizona Bar Foundation’s Law For Kids holds an interactive contest for K-12 students.
The San Diego County Bar Association is holding an essay and poster contest for students K-12th. Submissions are due on April 30. All first-place poster and video contest winners will be recognized at their Annual Law Week luncheon held on May 21, 2021.
The Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society hosts an art and essay contest for high school students.
Guam celebrates Law Month by offering a coloring contest (K-2), art contest (3-5) and essay contest (middle and high school). They perform Virtual Mock Trials with elementary schools, as well as host the Guam Girl Scouts Democracy Badge Virtual Conference.
Physical activities include Race Judicata (Virtual 5K), Jump for Justice and the Special Olympics - Haggan Games.
Among the territory's other offerings: Law Month articles featured weekly in the Pacific Daily News during the month of May; "Secure the Blessings of Liberty by Planting, a planting project open to students from the District Court's collaboration with the Farm-to-Table and Department of Agriculture; Guam's Hustisia Award recognizes a person or organization that has contributed to improving the administration of justice and good government; and the University of Guam's Criminal Justice and Public Administration Students' Reflection Video Montage discusses "Advancing the Rule of Law Now."
Hawaii State Judiciary is hosting a Law Day art contest for students in grades 3rd-8th. Submissions are due by April 30.
The Idaho Law Foundation held a Law Day podcast competition for high school students. Winners will be announced on May 1.
The Maine Bar Association held an art and essay contest for student in grades 9-12.
The Baltimore Bar Association held an art contest for grades K-8th grade students, and an art and essay contest for high school students. Winners will be announced on May 3.
The Mississippi Bar Association held a Law Day art contest for grades K-12.
The Superior Court of New Jersey Essex Vicinage is holding an art, writing, and video contest for Law Day 2021. Submissions will be accepted from April 15-30.
The Bar Association of Erie County is hosting a live event recognizing their Law Day honorees on April 28, 2021 at Bills Stadium.
The Nassau County Bar Association will also hold a virtual event co-sponsored by the Nassau County Women's Bar Association on Zoom on April 29.
The North Carolina Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division held a poster contest for students in 3rd-5th grade, and an essay contest for grades 6-12. Awards for the winners will be presented during their virtual Law Day ceremony on May 7.
The Toledo Bar Association held an essay contest for grades 7-12.
The Oklahoma Bar Association held a coloring, art and essay contest for students in grades K-12. First place winners were awarded at a ceremony at the Oklahoma Supreme Court on March 12.
The Tulsa County Bar Association will be hosting a virtual Law Day symposium on April 30, 2021.
The Washington County Bar Association is holding a bookmark, art, essay and diorama contest for grades 2nd-12th. Submissions must be in by April 23rd. They will also be hosting a six-part civic education series, the first event hosted on April 15 via Zoom.
The Rhode Island Bar Association is holding an essay contest for 10-12th graders. Submissions must be in by May 10.
The South Carolina Bar Association is holding an essay contest for grades 9-12. Entries will be accepted until June 4.
The Chattanooga Bar Association will celebrate virtually on May 1.
The State Bar of Texas hosts an essay, photography and poster contest. Deadline for submission was March 31st. The winners will be recognized in a Law Day celebration ceremony. The State Bar has also provided a list of educational resources for students of all grades.
The Brazoria County Bar Association held a College Scholarship Essay Contest for 12th grade students. They will be hosting a small award ceremony in the coming months.