The Polk County Bar Association is once again partnering with ARAG to give Polk County area students a chance to get creative with the law as part of our annual Law Day celebration. Students in grades K through 12 are invited to compete in the visual arts, music, essay and poetry categories.
The theme of the 2016 contest is Miranda: More Than Words to honor the 50th anniversary of perhaps the nation’s best-known U.S. Supreme Court case – Miranda v. Arizona. The Miranda Warning has become ingrained in law enforcement and has permeated popular consciousness through countless recitations in films and television shows. The theme will explore the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the US Constitution; how these rights are safeguarded by the Courts; and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty. The winning students will be honored at the PCBA Annual Meeting and Law Day Luncheon on Tuesday, May 10, at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel. Watch the PCBA website for details as they become available.
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.
Click below for complete details and entry forms.
Past Law Day Celebrations
- Download the Awards Luncheon PowerPoint presentation
- Download the Awards Luncheon program and see the winning entries
- See the photo album
- View photos of the 2014 Law Day winners and awards banquet
- View the PowerPoint presentation featuring the 2014 winning entries
- Law Day winners news release
- ARAG Competition winners
- View photos of the 2013 winners and speakers.
- View the PowerPoint presentation featuring the 2013 winning entries.
- Download the news release.
- 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.
- 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.