Washington County Bar Association: Law Day Contest

Washington County students grades 2 through 12 are invited to submit entries for this year’s Law Day Contests sponsored by the Washington County Bar Association and Observer Publishing Co.

The entry deadline is April 15 by 5pm. This year’s theme is “Miranda: More than Words.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona, and the “Miranda Warning” that resulted from that decision. The bookmark contest for grades 2-5 has cash prizes from $20 to $50, and both the editorial essay contest and the creative arts contest for grades 6-12 has cash prizes ranging from $100 to $225. All place winners and honorable mentions will receive a certificate and will be honored at the Public Law Day Celebration on May 3 at 7pm at the Washington County Courthouse — recipients do not need to be present to win.

Law Day U.S.A. was established in 1958 by President Eisenhower to strengthen our great heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law. Law Day is officially on May 1; however, the Washington County Bar Association provides educational resources and activities for schools throughout the spring months as part of its “law day season” of programming. Lesson plans are available at www.lawday.org and in-school speakers and activities can be scheduled through the Bar Association.

FMI about Law Day or to download the law day contest brochure and rules, visit the Public Resources page at www.washcobar.org/public-education or by contact the Bar Association at 724-225-6710 or wcba@washcobar.org.