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 students in grades 6 through 12 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 2015 contest is “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law.” Perhaps more than any other document in human history, Magna Carta has come to embody a simple but enduring truth: No one, no matter how powerful, is above the law. In the eight centuries that have elapsed since Magna Carta was sealed in 1215, it has taken root as an international symbol of the rule of law and as an inspiration for many basic rights Americans hold dear today, including due process, habeas corpus, trial by jury, and the right to travel. As we mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, join us on Law Day to commemorate this “Great Charter of Liberties,” and rededicate ourselves to advancing the principle of rule of law here and abroad.
Students will be encouraged to explore this year’s theme through poetry, essay, visual arts, or music and performing arts. Click here for more details. The deadline for submitting entries for the 2015 program is April 10. Winning students (and their teachers and parents) will be honored at the PCBA Annual Meeting luncheon on May 12, 2015. We will publish and display the winning entries at the luncheon.
- Click here to download the 2015 packet of materials
- 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
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.