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. This year’s theme of The Legacy of John Adams is intended to commemorate and celebrate John Adams, a resistance leader and patriot, advocate and diplomat, constitutional theorist and political activist, as well as our first lawyer-president.
Law Day 2011 was May 1st. To celebrate the event, the PCBA sponsored a visual and performing arts, music, poetry and essay competition for 6-12th grade students in Polk County on this year’s theme of “The Legacy of John Adams, From Boston to Guantanamo.” Students are encouraged to use various mediums to address the theme, including poetry, essays, visual arts and videos. Students are divided into two classes, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12.
Winning students were honored at the PCBA Annual Meeting and Luncheon on May 10, 2011 in Des Moines. This year’s guest speaker was The Honorable Robert Pratt, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court.
If you are a teacher and would like to request a lawyer to speak to your class about Law Day, contact the PCBA.