The Idaho Law Foundation joins the nation in celebrating Law Day each year in May. The Law Related Education Program will provide organization assistance to any school or community wishing to conduct Law Day activities or programs. For assistance, contact Carey Shoufler, Law Related Education Director.
What is Law Day?
Law Day is held on May 1st every year to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. Law Day was established in 1958 by President Eisenhower and is centered on a different theme each year to spotlight important aspects of the law.
Law Day 2018
The Law Day theme for 2018 is Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom. This theme provides the opportunity to explore how the three distinct and independent branches of the United States governments both interact with each other and serve as checks on the powers of the other branches. It also enables us to reflect on the role that "We the People" play to ensure that the United States Constitutional Democracy endures. For more information about separation of powers, visit the Library of Congress.
For more information about and resources for Law Day 2018, visit the American Bar Association.
Law Day Podcast Contest
In celebration of Law Day, the Idaho Law Foundation sponsors a podcast contest to encourage students in grades 9 to 12 to explore the Law Day theme by creating a podcast episode that answers a question related to the Law Day Podcast theme.
The top 3 finishers will be awarded cash prizes ($100 for first, $50 for second, and $25 for third). Podcast submissions must meet the following parameters:
- The audio podcast is between 5 and 10 minutes in length
- The podcast can be created individually or in groups of 2 to 3
- The podcast is submitted as an MP3 file
- The podcast is based on the guiding question for the year
- The podcast follows the criteria included in the Idaho Law Day Podcast Rubric
- The podcast is submitted using the Online Podcast Submission Form (see button below) the requires entrants to:
- Certify that the submission is original work
- Follow the Fair Use Doctrine for using clips that are the intellectual property of someone else
- Include a release form for everyone who worked on and is heard in the podcast
- Include a citation list of sources used in the creation of the podcast
2018 Podcast Contest
2018 Podcast submissions are due Friday, April 20, 2018 by 6:00 PM (MT). Winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 1. The 2018 guiding question is:
Describe and reflect on the system of checks and balances outlined in the U.S. Constitution and discuss why you think our Founding Fathers thought the separation of powers was important. What roles can everyday citizens play to ensure all three branches of our government remain in balance and that our freedoms are preserved?
The button below will take you to the Online Entry Form.
2017 Podcast Contest Results
Congratulations to the following students who placed in the top three of our first annual statewide podcast contest:
First Place: Rhone Grajcar, Capital High School, Boise
Second Place: Joey & David Fica, Century High School, Pocatello
Third Place: Chans Arce, Jack Rogers, and Kacie Fromhart, Capital High School, Boise
The podcasts are in MP3 format. You can listen to the entries by clicking the button below!