Law Week Activities
What is Law Week?
Law Day 2020 (May 1) focuses on the theme “Your Vote • Your Voice • Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100.” Learn more about it here.
Law Day is a national celebration of the rule of law in our society. It has been sponsored and promoted by the American Bar Association since 1961, when President Dwight Eisenhower designated it a national holiday. The HBA joins local and state bar associations nationwide in sponsoring activities surrounding May 1. While the HBA calls its celebration “Law Week,” it encompasses much more.
The Law Week Essay contest was established in late 1970s; poster contest was established in 1986; school reading program was established in 2003, as was the dialogue program, the photography contest was established in 2012. The Special Needs Day at the Courthouse began in 2013.
What are we doing for Law Week?
Special Day at the Courthouse
Law Week 2020 activities began Friday, January 17 when special needs students and their teachers visited the Historic 1910 Courthouse for guardianship presentations by local and state judges and attorneys, and received resource guides about special education law.
Poster Outreach Workshops
Also in February, the HBA, the Asian American Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association, the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, and the Houston Lawyers Association will sponsor Law Day Poster Outreach Workshops for children in the Chinese Community, East End, and Alvin.
Essay, Photography and Poster Contests
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The HBA’s annual Law Week Poster, Essay, and Photography contests invited all Harris County-area students to participate. Winners receive cash prizes and are recognized online and in publications and programs. Selected entries will be on display in courthouses and professional buildings downtown. First-place winners will automatically be entered in the statewide contest.
Law Week Readings
Due to health concerns, the HBA's 2020 Law Week Reading Program has been canceled.
The HBA Law Week, Lawyers for Literacy and Speakers Bureau Committees are inviting Houston attorneys and judges to read to elementary students in honor of Law Day, May 1, 2020. Volunteers will read Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote by Kirsten Gillibrand in April and May. Volunteers will select from schedules provided by participating schools in March. The book is provided with a script and confirmation and then donated to each school’s library during the reading program. The HBA hopes to reach students in 100 local elementary schools through this year's Law Day reading program. If you would like to volunteer or request a reading for your school, contact Bonnie Simmons at email@example.com or (713) 759-1133.
— EC Mason Elementary (@ECMasonElem) April 15, 2019
Law Day Contest Entry Displays
Various posters, as well as a copy of the winning essay and a description of Law Day, will be displayed for two weeks at various locations in downtown Houston, open for public viewing.
Law Day Luncheon
The Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA) & Foundation’s annual Law Day Luncheon will take place in May. HYLA will present its Woodrow Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and HYLA Outstanding Mentor Award at the event. The HBA will award its first place winners for the Law Day Poster, Essay, and Photography Contests.
— Houston Bar Assoc. (@thehba) May 10, 2019
Dialogue on Freedom
In the fall, the Law Week Committee will send teams of judges, lawyers and law students to area high schools for an interactive Dialogue on Freedom presentation based on this year’s Law Day theme.
Contact Bonnie Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org or (713) 759-1133 with any questions regarding the HBA’s Law Week activities.