Law Day Art Contest

About the Contest

This annual contest provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about our legal system, justice, get creative and win prizes. The contest can be incorporated into a curriculum, offered as extra credit, or just done for fun. Individual and groups submissions are welcomed.

Students are allowed to submit an art piece which may be represented in two-dimensions to be entered in the Law Day Art 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.). 

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 United States and in grades 9-12 or the equivalent.

All qualified participants under the age of 18 must have their parent or guardian sign the Parental Permission Release Form, and each Entry Form must be signed by an adult.  

2019 Law Day Theme

The American Bar Association's theme for Law Day 2019 was “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society”

In the United States and around the world, freedom of speech and the press are among the most important foundations for a free society. Free speech and free press are prominent topics in public discourse and litigation. It is impossible to imagine a free society without these individual liberties, yet historical and current debates surrounding them continually challenge us to consider their boundaries and resilience. Changes in technology have reshaped how free speech and free press work in the everyday world.

Law Day 2019 offers the opportunity to explore this pair of freedoms by probing their history and considering their future. Should all speech be “free?” What is the role of government in regulating or protecting the press? Should speech or the press be constrained through laws or norms? Can a free society exist without free speech and free press? 

The 2019 Law Day theme—Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society—focuses on these cornerstones of representative government and calls on us to understand and protect these rights to ensure, as the U.S. Constitution proposes, “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.”

 

2019 Law Day Art Contest Winners

1st Place Group Submission

“New York Freedom of Expression”
Astrid Leon & Destiny Campus – Bell, California
Bell High School – 12th Grade

New York Freedom of Expression

New York Freedom of Expression

1st Place Single Submission

“Lady Liberty’s Glow”
Paloma Gonzalez – Bell, California
Bell High School – 10th Grade

Lady Liberty’s Glow

Lady Liberty’s Glow

2nd Place Group Submission

“Expression”
Isaih Martinez – Cudahy, California & Victoria Flores – Maywood, California
Bell High School – 12th Grade

Expression

Expression

2nd Place Single Submission

“Shh, Listen!”
Celina Barragan – Maywood, California
Bell High School – 11th Grade

Shh, Listen!

Shh, Listen!

Submissions

Students created a two-dimensional representation of an art piece (including, but not limited to, drawings, paintings, videos, photographs, graphic novels, comics, etc., exploring the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the U.S. Constitution and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty. Please note artwork should be no larger than 11" x 17".

The Law Day Contest is open to students, student groups, and classes attending a public or private high school, or being home schooled, within the United States and in grades 9-12 or the equivalent. 

All qualified participants under the age of 18 must have their parent or guardian sign the Parental Permission Release Form, and each Entry Form must be signed by an adult.  

Recognition and Awards

Runners-up for both the individual and team categories will receive prizes with a value not to exceed $250.00 and winners for both the individual and team categories will receive prizes with a value not to exceed $750.00. 

Resources

Contest Rules
Single Submission Release Form
Group Submission Release Form
Parental Permission Release Form

Point of Contact

Questions? Please contact YLD Administrator, Asia Harris

Co-sponsors

The ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence and ABA Division for Public Education.