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Law Week 2014 Poster and Essay Contest

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The San Diego County Bar Association would like to invite your school to celebrate freedom as part of the National Law Week Celebration (April 28 - May 3, 2014).  In celebration of the 56th anniversary of Law Week, the San Diego County Bar Association and Lawyer Referral and Information Service encourage your school’s participation in our Law Week poster and essay contests.

Law week offers lawyers, teachers, judges and concerned citizens the opportunity to explore how our Constitution, laws and legal system have helped preserve and protect the freedoms Americans hold so dear. 

The theme for Law Day 2014 is:
American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters

One of our most cherished national ideals, expressed eloquently by Abraham Lincoln, is “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It is a principle enshrined in our Nation’s founding documents, from the Declaration of Independence’s assurance that governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed, to the opening three words of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, “We the People.”

The right to vote is the very foundation of government by the people. For this reason, striving to establish and protect every citizen’s right to vote has been a central theme of American legal and civic history. Much of the struggle on voting rights began decades ago, but the work is far from complete, and a citizen’s right to cast a ballot remains at risk today.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 2014 Law Day theme, American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters, calls on every American to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy.

Click here for the 2014 Law Week Poster and Essay Contest Flyer

Hillary Clinton Discusses Law Day 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, receiving the ABA Medal during the the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Aug. 12, 2013, discussed the importance of voting rights, public engagement in government, and the 2014 Law Day Theme.

Click here to view the portion of Clinton's address referencing Law Day 2014.

Click here to view President Obama's address referencing Law Day 2014.

Poster Contest (Level 1, Grades K-3; Level 2, Grades 4-5, Level 3, Grades 6-8)

  •  1st Place:  $300
  •  2nd Place:  $200
  • 3rd Place:  $100

Essay Contest (Level 1, Grades 6-8; Level 2, Grades 9-12)

  • 1st Place:  $300
  •  2nd Place: $200
  •  3rd Place:  $100

Additionally, all winners of the poster and essay contests will be awarded his/her prize during the Law Week Luncheon on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014.  Each winner and their parents will be guests of the San Diego County Bar Association.  Winning posters and essays will be displayed at the luncheon and in the courthouse in downtown San Diego.

Be sure to remember that the deadline for the contest entries is March 28, 2014.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michelle Chavez at (619) 321-4150.  Thank you in advance for your participation.



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