The Polk County Bar Association gives students a chance to get creative with the law as part of the annual Law Day celebration. Chief among the activities is the visual arts, music, essay and poetry competition for 6-12th grade students in Polk County.
Law Day has been celebrated since 1958 when President Dwight Eisenhower signed the proclamation declaring it a day to celebrate and strengthen the American heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law.
The theme of the 2014 contest is American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters. Through this program, students are encouraged to explore the importance of protecting every citizen’s right to vote. As we approach the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 2014 Law Day theme calls on every American to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy. The deadline for entries is April 11.
The winners will be honored at a special luncheon at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel on May 13 as part of the PCBA’s Law Day celebration and annual meeting. The featured speaker will be Drake University Political Science Professor Dennis Goldford.
Past Law Day Celebrations
- Click here to view photos of the 2013 winners and speakers.
- Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation featuring the 2013 winning entries.
- Click here to download the news release.
- Click here to view photos of the 2012 winners and speakers
- View the PowerPoint presentation featuring the 2012 Law Day winning entries.
- Listen to “The Watchman’s Daugher,” music and lyrics by Samantha Greer.
- View the PowerPoint presentation featuring the 2011 Law Day winning entries.
- Click here to view photos of the 2011 event.
If you are a teacher and would like to request a lawyer to speak to your class about Law Day, contact the PCBA.