The Polk County Bar Association partners with ARAG each year to give Polk County area students a chance to get creative with the law as part of our annual Law Day celebration. Students in grades K through 12 are invited to compete in the visual arts, music, essay and poetry categories.
Law Day has been celebrated since 1958 when President Dwight Eisenhower signed the proclamation declaring it a day to celebrate and strengthen the American heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law.
The American Bar Association chooses a theme for Law Day to help foster education and a deeper understanding of the legal system. This year’s theme – Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society – focuses on these cornerstones of representative government and calls on us to understand and protect these rights.
The winning students, their teachers, and parents were recognized at a luncheon and awards ceremony at the Judicial Branch Building on May 1. In addition, they had the opportunity to hear presentations and mingle with special guest speakers Justice Susan Christensen of the Iowa Supreme Court, Eric Hanson of KCCI Des Moines, Des Moines Register Columnist Courtney Crowder, and Laura Belin of the Bleeding Heartland Blog.