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 Diane E. Winter is pleased to announce the activities planned for Law Day 2020. This year's theme is "Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100." The United States is commemorating the centennial of the transformative constitutional amendment that guaranteed the right of citizens to vote, would not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex. American women fought for, and won, the vote through their voice and action. The women's suffrage movement forever changed America, expanding representative democracy and inspiring other popular movements for constitutional change and reform. Yet, honest reflection on the suffrage movement reveals complexity and tensions over race and class that remain part of the ongoing story of the 19th Amendment and its legacies.
Law Day at the Lake County Courthouse will be observed on Friday, May 1, 2020. 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: "Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100."
||Essay Contest (PDF)
Essays should illustrate the Law Day theme: "Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100." 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: "Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100" 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.
||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"