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 2013 contest was Realizing the Dream: Equality for All to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1963, during the Proclamation’s centennial, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and called upon our nation to live up to the great promise, enshrined in its founding documents, of equality for all. Five decades later, the inspirational words of Rev. Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech continue to resonate and challenge us to live up to our national ideal of equality under the law.
- 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.
Past Law Day Celebrations
- 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.