Law Day Activities around the Courthouse
Each year on Law Day (May 1st), the Judges invite students from every school in Lake County to participate in one of our many Law Day activities. This event provides opportunities for students of all ages to gain insight into their court system.
The Law Day programs may include: a coloring contest for students in grades kindergarten through 3rd; a poster contest illustrating the Law Day theme for students in grades 4 through 6; an essay contest for 7th and 8th grade students; an oratorical competition for high school students; and a photo contest for high school and college students.
In addition, all Lake County high schools are given the opportunity to bring students to the courthouse during the week of Law Day to witness actual civil and criminal cases in progress; participate as witnesses or jurors in a mock trial; attend a sentencing of an individual who has been convicted, for example, of a reckless homicide or DUI; visit the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff's Department; listen to a presentation given by the Crime Lab; and take a tour of the jail facilities in Lake County.
The following events are planned for all Lake County, IL students:
Our theme for Law Day U.S.A. 2010 is:
“Voices of Freedom – What Does Freedom of Speech Mean to Me.”
Contest Deadlines: All contest entries must be received no later than Wednesday, April 7th.
The Awards ceremony was held in the Jury Assembly Room, Friday, April 30th at 12:30 p.m.
View the Award Winners
(Note: Not all Contest winners gave us their permission to show their entries, those that did are posted here.)
High School Law Day Event
Law Day at the courthouse for high school students is Friday, April 30th, 8:30 a.m. til Noon.
Click here for the event flyer.
Grades Kindergarten through 3 Coloring Contest
Only copies of the linked illustrations will be accepted. The picture of the Statue of Liberty is for grades kindergarten and grade 1. The picture of the People standing by the globe is for grades 2 and 3. We would appreciate your assistance in reproducing copies of the pictures for the students; however, if that is not possible, we will be happy to send you a supply.
Click here for the Kindergarten and 1st graders entry
Click here for the Grades 2 and 3 entry
Click here for the Grade K-3 Contest Guidelines
Grades 4 through 6 Poster Contest
Posters must illustrate this year’s Law Day theme:
Click here for the Grade 4-6 Contest Guidelines
Grades 7 and 8 Essay Contest
Essay competition should address this year’s theme:
Click here for the Grade 7-8 Contest Guidelines
High School or College Student Photo Contest
Photos must illustrate this year's Law Day theme:
Click here for the High School and College Contest Guidelines
Should you have any questions, please contact our Public Information Office (Diane Flory) at (847) 377-3818.
Thank you, and good luck to your students.