June 04, 2020

Law Day Art Contest

“Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy”


Background: The American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division’s Law Day Art Contest asks participants to create an art piece that explores the theme: “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100.” An explanation of Law Day and this year’s Law Day theme can be found online at: www.lawday.org.

Qualified Participants: The Law Day Art Contest is open to students, student groups and classes attending a public or private high school, or being home schooled, within the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and in grades 9‐12 or the equivalent. There are two categories for submissions: Individual and Team. Individual will consist of one student and the Team category will consist of two or more students.

Contest Eligibility Requirements: Qualified Participants may submit an art piece, which may be represented in two‐dimensions, to be entered in the Law Day Contest. Students are encouraged to use their creativity and create art pieces in any medium desired (including, but not limited to, drawings, paintings, films, photographs, graphic novels, comics, etc.). Each submission must be accompanied by a signed Law Day Contest Entry Form. All Qualified Participants under the age of 18 years of age (or the age of majority in their home state) must have their parent or legal guardian sign the Parental Permission Release. Any and all participants must assent to the republication, reproduction, or any other use of the submissions and the likenesses, personas, and voices contained therein by the ABA and must submit all applicable releases (see “Clearances”). Additionally, each Law Day Art Contest Entry Form must be signed by a parent, guardian, teacher, student over the age of 18 (or the age of majority in the participant’s home state), or other person over the age of 18 or age of majority certifying the submission is the original work of the Qualified Participant(s). Submissions are subject to verification for compliance with these Rules. Qualified Participants are not limited to one entry, but will only be eligible to win one prize.

Team Submissions: Two or more Qualified Participants may submit a Team entry. Qualified Participants need not be from the same school or class to submit an entry as a Team entry. However, all students in the Team entry must be Qualified Participants and meet the Contest Eligibility Requirements outlined above and must complete the Parental Permission Release form, if applicable. Teams should select one Qualified Participant to act as the Team Representative. The Team Representative will submit the Entry Form on behalf of the Team. The name of the Team Representative and all other participants must be listed on the Law Day Contest Entry Form.

Steps to Enter: Qualified Participants must:

  1. Complete the Contest Entry Form. All submissions must be accompanied by a signed and completed Law Day Art Contest Entry Form signed by all participants or parent/guardian as applicable. Completion of the Contest Entry Form indicates acknowledgement and acceptance of these Official Rules.
  2. Create an art piece that highlights the theme “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy.”
  3. Submit a two‐dimensional representation of the art piece (photograph, short video clip, scanned image, etc.) to the submission survey digitally or by mail, with the completed Entry Form, applicable releases and image to:

    Frank Valadez
    American Bar Association
    Director, Division for Public Education 
    321 N. Clark Street
    Chicago, IL 60654

  4. Contest entries will be accepted beginning March 1, 2020. *APPLICATION CLOSED
  5. All Qualified Participants under the age of 18 (or age of majority in their home jurisdiction) must have their parent or guardian sign the Parental Permission Release, and each Entry Form must be signed by an adult. Winners will be required to prove eligibility requirements and compliance with the Rules.

Contest Description:

  1. Selection of winners and runners‐up in both the Individual and Team categories will be based on originality, creativity, adherence to the theme, and overall quality.
  2. The ABA YLD Law Day Contest Committee will select no more than one winner and one runner‐up for both the Individual and Team categories from among the Eligible Entries that, in the sole discretion of the ABA YLD, meet minimum quality standards and best reflect the theme. Winners will be announced and posted on the ABA YLD Law Day Art Contest site, www.lawday.orgDate TBD.

Contest Prizes: Prizes for the winners will be awarded, the value of which will not exceed
$500.00 each. Prizes for the runners‐up will be awarded, the value of which will not exceed
$250.00 each.

Privacy: Any and all names, contact information, and related should be submitted only on the Entry Form and other required forms. Names, contact information, or any other personally identifiable information should not be included within the submission (for example, on a “credit roll”), as the submitted pieces may be displayed on publicly accessible websites. If personally identifiable information is presented within the submission, the ABA may, in the ABA’s sole discretion, void or deem the submission ineligible.

Submitted Art: All submissions must be the original work of the participants.

Participants must not have granted any other person or entity prior right to use the piece. Submissions will not be accepted or eligible if they include – in the sole judgment of the ABA— any content that contains or appears to contain:

  1. Profane, obscene, or inappropriate material;
  2. Endorses, encourages, glorifies, or condones drug use, underage drinking, alcohol abuse or any other illegal activity;
  3. Nudity, profanity or gratuitous violence;
  4. Inappropriate language;
  5. Any express or implied commercial endorsement;
  6. Any derogatory characterization of any person or group based on age, race, color, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, marital status, mental or physical disability, citizenship, creed, national origin, physical appearance, political affiliation, union membership, or other unethical or unlawful factors;
  7. Depictions of any conduct, language or other context deemed inappropriate.
  8. Any actual or apparent copying or other infringement of another's intellectual property rights.

Clearances: Each participant is solely responsible for obtaining from all applicable individuals or entities any and all required rights, releases, consents, clearances, licenses, and other authorizations necessary to exploit and otherwise use their submitted piece in any and all media. Clearances required include, for example:

  1. Location releases;
  2. Releases from any person whose name, voice, likeness or persona is referenced, shown, or otherwise used in the submitted piece;
  3. If any individual depicted is under the age of majority, participants must obtain the signature of the individual’s parent or guardian on the applicable clearance(s).
  4. By submitting art entries, participants warrant that the contents of the submitted piece does not infringe on any copyright owned by another, and/or that the content of the piece is within the bounds of the fair use doctrine. Participants also confirm that to the best of their knowledge, any statements made in the submitted piece are true and do not violate or infringe on the rights of third parties. All necessary clearances must be obtained and provided to ABA prior to selecting the art piece as a winning piece. The sponsor may disqualify any submitted piece at any time if the participant has not obtained all necessary clearances.

Conditions of Participation:

  1. By entering, participants agree to defend and indemnify sponsor(s) and sponsor's principals, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, loss, or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the Contest as a result of receiving participants’ submissions and/or misuse of any prize.

    Each participant agrees that the sponsor(s) may retain a copy of the submitted art and releases the sponsor from liability for any loss or damage thereto. Each participant, by submitting the art, also consents, approves and authorizes the sponsor the right to use, broadcast, webcast, podcast, link to or from, syndicate, or otherwise exhibit or display the submitted pieces in its original or an altered form or format.
  2. Each participant grants the sponsor(s) the unqualified, unrestricted, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual and royalty‐free right to use his or her name, logo, marks, submission entries, and other distinctive identification in connection with promoting or marketing the contest or its theme, and future contests, materials or as the sponsor(s) determine.
  3. The rights described in these official rules begin immediately upon submission of the art piece.
  4. The sponsor has no obligation to post or display any submitted piece and may at its discretion remove any submitted pieces at any time.
  5. The participant releases and indemnifies the sponsor from any and all claims by third parties or the participant in connection with the submitted piece.

General Conditions:

  1. This contest is governed by U.S. law and all relevant federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. By entering, all participants agree that the competition shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois, that the courts of Illinois shall have exclusive jurisdiction, and that Cook County, Illinois shall be the venue for any dispute or litigation relating to or arising from the competition. Void where prohibited by law.
  2. The sponsor reserves the right to void entries it deems associated with electronic or nonelectronic tampering.
  3. Should technical or other difficulties arise that compromise the integrity of the contest the sponsor may cancel, modify or suspend the contest without notice. In that case, the sponsor reserves the right to award the prizes from eligible entries received before the cancellation.
  4. The sponsor is not responsible for any technical malfunction or service outage related to the contest.

Odds of Winning: Chances of winning will vary depending on the number and quality of Entries. However, Sponsor reserves the right not to award any prize if the judges determine that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year.

Sponsors: The 2020 Law Day Art Contest is sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (“ABA YLD”) and cosponsored by the American Bar Association’s Division for Public Education. 

PRIVACY POLICY/DATA COLLECTION: Information provided by entrants in connection with this sweepstakes is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy, available at http://www.americanbar.org/utility/privacy.html

Questions? If you have any questions or comments in relation to the contest, please contact Frank Valadez at frank.valadez@americanbar.org or at 312.988.5731.