Montgomery, Ala., April 9, 2007 - The deadline for the 2007 Law Day Poster & Essay Contest sponsored by the Alabama State Bar is Monday, April 16 as students in grades K-12 throughout the state have begun submitting entries. Gov. Bob Riley is expected to issue a proclamation officially designating May 1st as Law Day in Alabama.
Complete information and entry forms can be found on the Alabama State Bar Web site at www.alabar.org/lawday or by calling the state bar at 800-354-6154, extension 2126, for contest entry information. The theme for the essay contest is "Assuring our Democracy through the Education of our Youth" and the theme for the poster contest is "Democracy at Work in the Juvenile Court System."
Montgomery lawyers Thomas B. Klinner (Crumpton & Klinner), and Gregg Brantley Everett (Kaufman & Rothfeder) serve as co-chairs of the state bar's Law Day committee. The poster contest is open to grades K-6 and the essay contest is for students in grades 7-12. A total of $1500 in U.S. Savings bonds are awarded to winners. Teachers also receive a monetary gift for use in the classroom. Winners will be notified on or before April 26.
In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established May 1st as Law Day to strengthen our heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under law. This is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law and to underscore how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms we share.
The Alabama State Bar is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility, competence and satisfaction of its members; improving the administration of justice, and: increasing public understanding and respect for the law.