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The third annual Law Day creative contest is now open for entries. Participants should submit a creative entry illustrating the 2014 Law Day theme, "Democracy: Why Every Vote Matters," using content from one or more Michigan Legal Milestones.

The Michigan Legal Milestones program was created in 1986 to highlight the state's important cases, laws, and individuals. Bronze plaques commemorating the history of each of the 38 milestones have been placed throughout the state. Participants may utilize any Michigan Legal Milestone in their submission, but here are four suggested milestones:

To participate in the Law Day contest, contestants should tie one or more milestones to the 2014 theme in a creative project. Examples of creative projects include essays, debates, mock trials, podcasts, dramatic or musical plays, re-enactments, short documentaries, board games, video games, and more. Electronic submissions are highly encouraged.

Law Day Events   View Full List

    Date Event
    5.1.2014

    Ask a Lawyer. 4th annual law day event where citizens can get a free confidential consultation on many areas of law during the event from members of the Livonia Bar Association.
    Sponsor: Livonia Bar Association
    Location: Livonia Civic Center Library Atrium

    5.1.2014

    Law Day Breakfast. Special guest Imran Syed, staff attorney and teaching fellow with the Michigan Innocence Project and the presentation of the Liberty Bell Award.
    Sponsor: Jackson County Bar Association, Comerica Bank, & NALS of Jackson County
    Location: Country Club of Jackson

    4.15.2014 20th Annual Youth Law Conference. The Youth Law Conference is a one-day event for high-school juniors and seniors that features a variety of legal issues as they pertain to students. It is designed to help students become more informed, educate them as citizens, and provide tools for future responsible decision-making.
    Sponsor: Oakland County Bar Association
    Location: Management Education Center,  Troy
    More Information
    5.1.2014 Constitution Day. A Constitution-themed event to increase civics engagement, participation and knowledge among 7th and 8th grade students. Students will gain exposure to the rights and duties of citizenship via speakers, informative videos, mock trials and discussion sessions led by attorneys and judges.
    Sponsor: Oakland County Bar Association
    Location: The morning session is located at Pontiac Middle School, the afternoon session is located at Pontiac Academy for Excellence
    5.1.2014 No Fees Day. 20 minutes of free legal advice in Ann Arbor & Ypsilanti. Contact the WCBA office at 734-996-3229 to schedule an appointment.  Walk-ins welcome as time allows.
    Sponsor: Washtenaw County Bar Association New Lawyers Section
    Location:
    More Info: 734-996-3229; washbar.org
    5.2.2014 Law Day Luncheon. American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters. Guest speaker: Lt. Governor Brian Calley. Please RSVP no later than April 25, 2014.
    Sponsor: Midland County Bar Foundation
    Location: Midland Country Club
    More Info: midlandcountybar@gmail.com; or call Ann Horowitz at: 989-832-6828
    5.1.2014

    Law Day at the Courthouse: A Downtown Tradition. Free hot dogs, chips, & cookies; courthouse tours; "Ask the Lawyer" Pro Bono Program; agency displays & handouts; Michigan voter registration. Please bring photo ID. No cell phones permitted in the Courthouse.
    Sponsor: United States District Court, Federal Bar Association-Eastern District of Michigan, Wolverine Bar Association
    Location: United States District Court, Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse
    More details: please go to www.fbamich.org, for more information and a flyer concerning our exciting Law Day 2014  program.

    5.1.2014

    Law Day at the Courthouse Panel Discussion. Discussion on historical and current issues regarding voting and the election process.
    Special guests:
    Chris Thomas—Michigan Director of Elections
    Jocelyn Benson—Dean, Wayne State University Law School
    Please bring photo ID. No cell phones permitted in the Courthouse
    Sponsor: United States District Court, Federal Bar Association-Eastern District of Michigan, Wolverine Bar Association
    Location: United States District Court, Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse
    More details: please go to www.fbamich.org, for more information and a flyer concerning our exciting Law Day 2014 program.

    5.2.2014 Law Day Ceremony.
    Sponsor: Macomb County Bar Association
    Location: Macomb County Administration Building
    5.1.2014 Annual Coloring Contest. The top ten pictures for each grade were displayed at one the Genesee County Bar Association monthly meetings, where GCBA members picked the winners from each grade. The top ten pictures will hang in the Flint Public Library for the month of May.
    Sponsor: Genesee County Bar Association
    Location: Flint Public Library
    4.25.2014 Mock Trial for High School Students. Genesee County area high school students will begin juror orientation at the Masonic Temple where Genesee County Bar Association members will demonstrate how to pick a jury. Students will complete juror questionnaires and be picked randomly to participate. After the jury orientation, the students will have lunch at the Masonic Temple before presenting their cases before the Genesee County Circuit Court judges.
    Sponsor: Genesee County Bar Association
    Location: Masonic Temple
    4.23.2014 "Ask the Lawyer" Presentation. Local bar members volunteer at various high schools in Lapeer County. High school students can ask local bar members questions about different areas of law of which they have interest.
    Sponsor: Lapeer County Bar Association
    Location: Various Lapeer County High Schools
    5.1.2014  Free Law Day Luncheon. A speaker will address this year's Law Day topic, "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters." The Liberty Bell Award will also be given to honor an outstanding citizen who has strengthened the effectiveness of the American of freedom under the law. The public is welcome.
    Sponsor: Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association
    Location: Traverse City Elks Club
    More Info: If you would like to attend, please RSVP with a headcount for your group to: Deborah Rysso at  (231) 933-5207 or  drysso@ryssoandwingfield.com
    5.12.2014 2014 Law Day Luncheon and High School Essay Contest. Area high school students are asked to prepare an essay on the theme "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: why Every Vote Matters." The essays are judged and the three top essays are awarded monetary gifts at the Law Day Luncheon. Lunch will be catered by Grande Mere Inn at Noon. Keynote speaker will be Attorney General William D. Schuette.
    Sponsor: Berrien County Bar Association
    Location: Heritage Museum and Cultural Center
    Deadline: April 4, 2014 Law Day Contest. The third annual Law Day creative contest is now open for entries. Participants should submit a creative entry illustrating the 2014 Law Day theme, "Democracy: Why Every Vote Matters," using content from one or more Michigan Legal Milestones.
    Sponsor: State Bar of Michigan
    More Information
    4.30.2014 Law Day Luncheon & Awards Ceremony. Keynote speaker, Jocelyn Benson, will present "Every vote matters: Current issues impacting the right to vote." The Grand Rapids Bar Association and Thomas M. Cooley Law School will also present awards to individuals for their commitment to justice. Registration is $25 and includes lunch. Register online at the address provided.
    Sponsor: Grand Rapids Bar Association
    Location: University Club
    More Information
    4.26.2014 Katty Shack 5K Race. Pre-race spaghetti dinner at St. Patrick's Church on April 25. Post-race pancake breakfast at St. John's Church on April 26.
    Sponsor: Ottawa County Bar Association
    Location: Grand Haven
    More Information
    5.1.2014 Corpus Christie Students' Mock Trial.
    Sponsor: Ottawa County Bar Association, Ottawa County Courts
    Location: Grand Haven Courthouse
    More Information
    5.1.2014 Lady Justice Project Unveiling and Reception. Unveiling at 3:30 p.m. followed by reception.
    Sponsor: Ottawa County Bar Association, Ottawa County Courts
    Location: Grand Haven Courthouse
    More Information
    5.1.2014 Courthouse Tours.
    Sponsor: Ottawa County Bar Association, Ottawa County Courts
    Location: Grand Haven Courthouse
    More Information
    5.1.2014 Free Legal Services. Free legal services offered by Michigan State University College of Law Clinics.
    Sponsor: Ottawa County Bar Association, Ottawa County Courts
    Location: Grand Haven Courthouse
    More Information
    4.28.2014-5.2.2014 Various Opportunities at Courthouse. Voter registration ppportunities. Legal Self-Help Center information and services. Courthouse Learning Center opportunities.
    Sponsor: Ottawa County Bar Association, Ottawa County Courts
    Location: Grand Haven Courthouse
    More Information
    5.5.2014 Law Day Dinner.
    Sponsor: Ottawa County Bar Association
    Location:
    More Information
    5.1.2014 Announcement of Winner of Adult and Youth Art Competition.
    Sponsor: Ottawa County Bar Association, Ottawa County Courts
    Location: Grand Haven Courthouse
    More Information
    5.18.2014 Goodman Acker Community Law Day. This event is free for anyone looking to get complimentary legal advice from a variety of lawyers that specialize in personal injury, bankruptcy, divorce/family, criminal, social security, probate, and more.  This event is our opportunity to give a little something back to the community that has supported our firm for more than 20 years.
    Sponsor: Goodman Acker, PC
    Location: Goodman Acker, PC
    More Information
    5.1.2014 Law Day. Law Day displays include police and fire vehicles, representatives from D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T., dive and rescue teams, bicycle and horse patrols, fingerprinting units, and many more. All seven of our municipalities plus the Wayne County Sheriff and Michigan State Police will be participating. Law Day is typically targeted toward 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students from the local communities; however, Law Day is open to students and adults alike. We request that large groups contact us to schedule an arrival time, in order to maximize your participation in the Law Day activities.
    Sponsor: 33rd District Court
    Location: 33rd District Court

Contest Rules & Entry Form

    Read the contest rules and submit a signed contest entry form and permission forms for each minor involved in your project.

    Contest Rules, Entry Form, & Permission Form PDF

    Entries must be received by 5 p.m. April 4, 2014.

What is Law Day?

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower designated May 1 as Law Day. This day is an opportunity to strengthen our great American heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the law. The State Bar of Michigan joins various local bars, businesses, schools, and other organizations in conducting programs associated with improving the public's understanding of our justice system.

Law Day 2013: View Last Year's Winning Entries

First Place: Cranbrook Girls Middle School Entry

Second Place: Davis Dunnings Bar Association and The Turning Point of Lansing Entry

What Else Can I Do to Celebrate Law Day in 2014?

 

Previous Law Day Celebrations

     

 

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