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Law Day

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 2019

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.” 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.

For more information about and resources for Law Day 2019, 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!