Law Day Outstanding Activity Awards

Highlight the best programs that promote public understanding of law and integrate the annual Law Day theme into activities that serve the community.

Purpose of Law Day Awards

Highlight the best programs that promote public understanding of law and integrate the Law Day theme into activities that serve the community.

Award Categories

  • Best Student Program
  • Best Public Program
  • Best Theme Interpretation

Entrants may submit for up to two categories. However an individual or organization can only win in one category.


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

How to Enter

You can enter via email or mail. DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM HERE.

By email:
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.

Send this email to by July 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM (PDT).

By mail:
You may mail your submission instead. Be sure to mail six (6) copies of your entire entry (including the completed entry form, activity narrative, supporting materials, work products, and photographs) to the address provided.

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. Work products and photographs are not counted as part of the 15-page supporting materials limit. Therefore, you may include photos, etc. in addition to your supporting material pages.

Entry Components

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

  • Completed Entry Form
  • Activity Narrative (not to exceed 500 words)
    • Describe your program impact on the audience and any effect it has beyond Law Day
  • Supporting Materials (not to exceed 12 pages)
    • Articles about your activity
    • Letters of support and thanks, etc.
  • Work Products
    • Programs/flyers
    • Press releases
    • Proclamations
    • Video of your activity etc.
  • Activity Photographs (electronic photos of your activity are strongly encouraged)

*Entries will not be returned. Videos may be included with your entry, but please note that videos may not be utilized in lieu of the entry form. Entry forms must still be completed for each submission.


Submissions are judged on the following criteria:

  • How well the activity expands public awareness of the rule of law
  • How well the entry highlights the 2020 Law Day theme, Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100
  • Whether there is an appropriate audience and how well the program engages the target audience(s)
  • Whether there are clear objectives for the activities, programs, and events
  • How well the program forged partnerships with community groups, schools, and the legal community
  • Quality and innovation of the program
  • If there is an impact beyond Law Day and whether the Activity Narrative effectively conveys this

Entrants may only submit for up to two of the three eligible categories.


If you win, you will receive an inscribed plaque. You will also receive a gift certificate and be prominently featured on the ABA Law Day website.


Entries must be emailed by 11:59 PM (PDT) or postmarked by July 31, 2020, to be considered.

Email entries to or mail six (6) copies of your entire entry to:

Law Day Awards
Attn: Christina Pluta

ABA Division for Public Education
321 N. Clark Street, MS 17.2
Chicago, IL 60654-7598

*Please note that the mailstop number has changed to 17.2.

For information, you may email, call 312.988.5719 or visit

2019 Award Recpients

A great deal of effort, hard work, and creativity goes into planning and implementing Law Day activities. Take a look at our 2018 Law Day Outstanding Activity Award winners to learn about how they planned activities around the theme.