Law Day 2017 Awards

Purpose of Law Day Awards

Highlight the best programs that promote public understanding of law and integrate the 2017 theme “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy” into innovative activities that serve the community.

Award Categories

  • Best student/classroom program
  • Best public/community program
  • Best interpretation of the theme

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 2017 program is eligible to enter.

How to Enter

You can enter by submitting a completed entry form via email or mail.


  • 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. 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.Photographs are not counted as part of the 15-page supporting materials limit. Therefore you can have up to 15 pages of supporting materials in addition to your photos. Send this email to us at

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

Entry Components

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)
  • 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)

*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 the entry highlights the 2017 Law Day theme “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.”
  • Whether there is an appropriate audience and how well the program engages the target audience(s).
  • How well the program forged partnerships with community groups, schools, and the legal community.
  • Quality and innovation of the program.
  • Whether or not there is an impact beyond Law Day.


If you win, you will receive an inscribed plaque presented at the ABA Midyear Meeting in February 2018. You will also receive a gift certificate, be prominently featured in the 2018 Planning Guide and on the Law Day website as a winner and best practice program.


Entries must be emailed or postmarked by June 30, 2017 to be considered.

Email entries to,  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