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 Jay W. Ukena is pleased to announce the activities planned for Law Day 2019. This year's theme is "Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society." In the United States and around the world, freedom of speech and the press are among the most important foundations for a free society. Free speech and free press are prominent topics in public in the everyday world. Historical and current debates surrounding free speech and free press continually challenge us to consider their boundaries and resilience. What is the role of government in regulating or protesting the press? Should speech or the press be constrained through laws or norms? The Law Day theme for 2019 focuses on these cornerstones of representative government and calls on us to understand and protect these rights.
Law Day at the Lake County Courthouse will be observed on Friday, May 3, 2019. The activities planned for this event are the following:
Approximately 300 Lake County High School students will attend a morning of law-related sessions presented by the Judges of Lake County, the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Department, and the Coroner’s Office. Each school will attend three 40-minute assemblies. The sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m. and include a CSI task force presentation; a Sentencing; and an improved session on Social Media; Suspect Interrogation; and a visit to the Coroner’s facility.
At 12:30 p.m., an awards ceremony will be held in the Jury Assembly Room. Chief Judge Jay Ukena, together with several other Lake County Judges, will greet and welcome all Law Day contest winners. First, second, and third place winners in grades kindergarten through eighth grades will be recognized for their winning entries of the various Law Day contests – coloring, poster and essay. The winning entries will be posted on the Circuit’s new website, and all students will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the Judges. In addition, the students will be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a gift card.
|K - 3
||Coloring Contest (PDF)
||Poster Contest (PDF)
Posters should illustrate the Law Day theme: "Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society."
||Essay Contest (PDF)
Essays should illustrate the Law Day theme: "Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society." 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: "Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society" or be "court related" and be 8-1/2" x 12" in size. The deadline for this contest is January 21, 2019. Two first place winners will be chosen and those illustrations will be used for the Coloring Contest for grades kindergarten through 3rd.
||Courthouse Complex and Security Check Tour (PDF)
High school students will have the opportunity to attend three sessions of selected law related presentations.
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 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"