Eighth-grade classrooms throughout Lake County will host volunteer lawyers, judges and law professors May 9 for Law Day 2014 presentations.
"American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters" is this year's topic. The Young Lawyers Section of the Lake County Bar Association will bring this presentation and discussion directly to the classrooms.
Law Day was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 as an occasion to mark the nation’s dedication to the principle of the rule of law. Each year, volunteer legal professionals across the country bring this celebration directly to the classrooms of local students.
Law Day 2014 will engage Lake County eighth-graders in a genuine discussion of the American system of democracy and the importance of the right to vote.
In addition, the LCBA is also sponsoring an essay contest on the Law Day 2014 program topic. The deadline for entries is May 15. However, essay submissions may be turned in to classroom presenters following May 9.
Entrants can select from a list of provided essay topics addressing the Law Day theme, and write an essay of 250 words or less on their chosen topic. Three winners will be chosen, with first place receiving $250 sponsored by Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP, second place getting $150, and third place earning $100.
Schools interested in participating in Law Day 2014 may register at www.lakecountybar.com/lawday-teacher, or contact Law Day 2014 Chair and Coordinator Adam Sedia at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lawyers, judges, law professors and others interested in volunteering on Law Day 2014 may sign up by visiting www.lakecountybar.com/lawday-volunteer, or contact Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator Brent Torrenga at email@example.com.