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 2020 is “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100.” In 2019-2020, the United States is commemorating the centennial of the transformative constitutional amendment that guaranteed the right of citizens to vote would not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex. American women fought for, and won, the vote through their voice and action.
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.
Here are a couple of examples of creative and thoughtful ways courts are recognizing Law Day 2020:
Library of Congress and the American Bar Association
The Law Library of Congress and the American Bar Association will present the Law Day 2020 program, “Social Movement Changing America: The Legacies of the 19th Amendment,” on Thursday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m. EST. This event will be presented as a digital program.
The Arizona Bar Foundation’s Law For Kids held an art and essay contest for grades K-12.
The Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society built on this year’s theme by focusing on “One hundred years after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, what obstacles still remain for citizens seeking to exercise their right to vote, and how do we surmount them?” The contest was an art and essay contest for students in grades 9-12.
The Idaho Law Foundation held a Law Day Podcast competition. 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 also held an art and essay contest for grades K-12. Winners will be announced on May 1.
The Mississippi Bar Association is holding an art and essay contest for grades K-12. Contestants have until May 15 to submit entries.
The Missouri National Education Association held an essay contest for grades 4-12. Winners are posted on their website.
The Superior Court of New Jersey Essex Vicinage is holding an Law Day Art Contest. Submissions will be accepted until May 22.
Though the visits to the courts are suspended this year, they ask that you take a moment to reflect on Law Day by listening to Sergeant Jessica Hernandez from Bronx Supreme Court as she sings the National Anthem from the steps of the N.Y. County Supreme Courthouse.
This year, amid the COVID-pandemic, the New York State court system is partnering with the State’s Attorney General’s Office and Bar Association to present an online Law Day program. Speakers will include Hon. Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and the State of New York; New York State Attorney General Letitia James; and New York State Bar Association President Henry “Hank” Greenberg.
The North Carolina Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division held a poster and essay contest for grades 3-12.
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 12th.
The Washington County Bar Association is holding a bookmark, art, essay and diaroma contest for grades 2-12. Submissions must be in my May 6.
The Rhode Island Bar Association is holding an essay contest for 10th and 11th graders. Submissions must be in by May 11.
The South Carolina Bar Association is holding an essay contests for grades 9-12. Entries will be accepted until June 5.
The Knoxville Bar Association will hold a town hall with Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon G. Lee on May 1 from noon to 1 p.m. EDT.
The Salt Lake County Bar Association held an Art and the Law competition for elementary and middle school students, and the Utah State Courts hold an essay contest for high school students.