Law Day Activities
About Law Day
In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th U.S. President, established Law Day as a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law. In 1961 by a joint Congressional resolution, May 1st was designated as the official date for celebrating Law Day in the United States.
On behalf of the Judges of the Circuit Court of Lake County, Chief Judge Mark L. Levitt is pleased to announce the activities planned for Law Day 2022. This year's theme is "Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change." The Constitution is a dynamic document, as it not only outlines a blueprint for government, but also delegates power, articulates rights, and offers mechanisms for change. This year's theme - "Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change." - reminds all of us that legislation, court rulings, amendments, lawyers, and "we the people" have built upon those original words across generations to attempt to make the "more perfect Union" more real. That effort continues today, as contemporary leaders and everyday citizens raise their voices as loud as ever to fulfill the promise of the Constitution. Defining and refining those words of the Constitution might be our oldest national tradition, and how each of us works - together - toward a more perfect Union.
Chief Judge Mark L. Levitt and the Judges of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit are hopeful that the Lake County students will feel inspired to partake in the contests and are looking forward to receiving the entries.
|K - 3
||Coloring Contest (PDF)||
Only the attached illustrations will be accepted. "United We Stand" illustration is for students in kindergarten and 1st grade. Students in 2nd and 3rd grade may submit the following: "Diversity Among Judges".
||Poster Contest (PDF)||
Posters should illustrate the Law Day theme: "Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change." The poster should be on paper no larger than 12" x 14" and completed freehand.
||Essay Contest (PDF)||
Essays should illustrate the Law Day theme: "Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change." Judging will be based on content, clarity of expression and originality. Three ﬁnalists will be chosen from both grade levels. In addition, we would like to post the winning entries on the court’s website and, therefore, request the student’s permission to do so.
|6 - 12||Illustration Contest (PDF)||
Illustration must represent the Law Day theme: "Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change" or be "court related" and be 8-1/2" x 12" in size. Two first place winners will be chosen and those illustrations will be used for the Coloring Contest for grades kindergarten through 3rd.
An updated program is currently being organized to accommodate the current social distancing guidelines.
Lawyers in the Classroom
The Lake County Bar Association in support of the annual Law Day observance has prepared 4 classroom teaching segments to help bring age-appropriate awareness to areas of the law that impact the lives of young people. These programs focus on dispute resolution, due process, equal protection and the first amendment. More information will be posted when available. For more information, visit the Lawyers in the Classroom webpage.
- The theme for 2022 was : "Toward a More Perfect Union : The Constitution in Times of Change"
- The theme for 2021 was : "Advancing the Rule of Law Now"
- The theme for 2019 was : "Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society"
- The theme for 2018 was: "Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom"
- The theme for 2017 was: "14th Amendment - Transforming American Democracy"
- The theme for 2016 was: "MIRANDA ... more than words"