2014 Law Day Activity Awards Criteria

Purpose of the Competition

Promote public understanding of law and integrate the 2014 theme “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters” into innovative activities that serve the community.

Who Can Enter

Any individual or group who implements a Law Day 2014 program is eligible to enter.

How to Enter

You can enter via mail or email. Just download the entry form at www.lawday.org and click on Awards. If you email your entry, simply download the form from the website, fill it out and attach the completed form to your email along with your activity narrative (summary of your program) and electronic copies of your supporting materials that detail your activities. Please keep the supporting materials to a maximum of 15 pages. You may also include work products (programs, flyers, proclamations, releases, etc.) and photographs that help illustrate your program’s effectiveness. Send this email to us at publiceducation@americanbar.org. You may mail your submission instead. Be sure to send six (6) copies of your entire entry (including activity narrative, supporting materials, work products, and photographs).

Your entry (via email or mail) should consist of:

  • Completed Entry Form
  • Activity Narrative (not to exceed 750 words)
  • Supporting Materials (not to exceed 15 pages)
  • Newspaper articles about your activity
  • Letters of support and thanks, etc.
  • Work Products
  • Video of your activity
  • Event program and/or event flyer
  • Proclamation
  • Press Releases
  • Activity Photographs (electronic photos of your activity are encouraged)

Please note that entries will not be returned.

Submissions are judged on the following criteria:

  • How well the activity expands public awareness of the rule of law.
  • How well it highlights the 2014 Law Day theme American Democracy and the Rule of Law:Why Every Vote Matters.
  • How well it engages the target audience(s).
  • Whether the activity forged partnerships with community groups, schools, and the legal community.
  • Quality and innovation of the program.
  • If there is an impact extended beyond Law Day.


If you win, you will receive an inscribed plaque presented at the ABA Midyear Meeting in February 2015. You will also receive a gift certificate toward Law Day merchandise and be prominently featured in next year’s Planning Guide and on the Law Day website.


Entries must be emailed or postmarked by June 20, 2014, to be considered. Email entries to publiceducation@americanbar.org or mail six (6) copies of your entire entry to:

Law Day Awards
Attn: Chandra Fitzpatrick
ABA Division for Public Education
321 N. Clark Street, Mail Stop 20.2
Chicago, IL 60654-7598

For information, call 312.988.5720.