Law Day Activities

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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 Jorge L. Ortiz invited all Lake County students to participate in the activities planned for Law Day 2017. The theme, “MIRANDA . . . more than words” underscores the importance of the American court system and its role in ensuring access to justice.
Law Day at the Lake County Courthouse will be observed on Friday, April 28, 2017. The activities planned for this event are the following:

Approximately 300 Lake County High School students from Antioch, Grant, the Lake County Tech Campus at Grayslake, Stevenson and Waukegan 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; Social Media and Internet Safety; Suspect Interrogation; Pathology in the Courtroom; a visit to the Coroner’s facility; and a Jail Tour.

At 12:30 p.m., an awards ceremony will be held in the Jury Assembly Room. Chief Judge Jorge Ortiz, 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 from Target.  


Grades Activities Details
K - 3
Coloring Contest (PDF)

Only the attached illustrations will be accepted. The picture of the Courthouse (PDF) is for grades kindergarten and grade 1. The picture of the Judge and Litigants (PDF) is for grades 2 and 3.

4- 6
Poster Contest (PDF)

Posters should illustrate the Law Day theme “MIRANDA . . . more than words”.

7- 8
Essay Contest (PDF)

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 Video Contest (PDF)

Students, grades 6 - 12 are invited and encouraged to enter and submit videos they feel address this year’s theme. The videos will be judged on expression of the 2016 Law Day theme.

High School
Courthouse Complex and Security Check Tour

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.

Award Winner