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Law Day

The Idaho Law Foundation joins the nation in celebrating Law Day each year in May. The Foundation’s Law-Related Education Program can provide assistance to any school or organization wishing to conduct Law Day activities. For more information contact Carey Shoufler.

What is Law Day?

Established in 1958 by President Eisenhower, Law Day is celebrated every year on the first day of May. It’s designed to help people better understand the law and our legal system and is centered on a different theme each year to spotlight important aspects of the law.

The Constitution is a dynamic document that provides a blueprint for our rights and responsibilities and offers mechanisms for change. The 2022 Law Day theme reminds all of us that defining and refining the words of the Constitution might be our oldest national tradition, and how each of us works together to build a more perfect Union. For more information and resources for Law Day 2022, visit the American Bar Association.

Law Day Podcast Contest

About the Contest

To celebrate Law Day, the Idaho Law Foundation’s Law Related Education Program is sponsoring a podcast contest for Idaho students in grades 9 to 12. The contest offers students and schools an opportunity to win cash prizes while exploring the importance of the rule of law in the United States.

You can help Law Related Education spread the word about this unique opportunity for Idaho students by sharing the 2022 Podcast Contest Information Flyer with any students or teachers you know.

Contest Prizes
  • First Place: $1,000
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $250
  • Educator Award (for school or teacher of the first place student): $500

2022 Podcast Prompt

The United States Constitution is a dynamic document that includes mechanisms for change that allow our country to continually strive to become a more perfect union. Since 1787, our Constitution has been amended 27 times.

For this year’s podcast, let’s explore changes to our Constitution and how these changes can move our country forward. You can approach this theme in one of two ways:

  • Choose one of the 27 Constitutional amendments to analyze; or
  • Propose your own Constitutional amendment.

Whichever option you choose, you will need to provide a detailed overview and analysis of the amendment that, at a minimum, addresses the following questions:

  • What is the purpose of the amendment?
  • Why is the amendment important for moving our country towards a more perfect union?
  • How is this amendment important to modern life?
  • How can this amendment improve your community and/or your life?
Podcast Guidelines

Podcast submissions must meet the following parameters:

  • Participating students are in grades 9 to 12.
  • Students may develop their podcasts as a school-sponsored project or an independent non-school project.
  • Podcasts are created individually or in groups of 2 or 3 students.
  • Each submission is between 5 and 10 minutes long.
  • Entries addresses all the elements of the podcast prompt and adhere to the Idaho Law Day Podcast Rubric which judges entries on purpose, point of view, research, flow, delivery, and production.
  • Students may submit draft podcasts for review prior to finalizing their entries (optional).
  • Podcasts are submitted using the online submission form which requires entrants to certify that the podcasts are original work, follow the Fair Use Doctrine, include a release form for everyone involved with the podcast, and list sources used in the podcast (show notes).
Important Deadlines
  • Friday, April 1, 2022: Final date to submit podcast for initial review (optional)
  • Friday, April 29, 2022: Podcast contest final submission deadline
  • Friday, May 13, 2022: Announcement of winning entries

Podcast Contest Results

Check out the incredible submissions to the 2021 Law Day Podcast Contest. Congratulations to the contest winners!

Previous Years’ Entries

Podcast Sponsorship

The Idaho Law Foundation would like to thank the Fourth District Bar Association for their sponsorship of the 2021 Law Day Podcast Contest.

The Law Related Education Program is looking for attorneys, law firms, and other organizations interested in sponsoring the Law Day Podcast Contest. Sponsorship funds are used to provide awards to the top three students and the teacher or school of the first-place student. Each year the Law Related Education awards a total of $2,200 in awards.

Sponsors are recognized on our website, through social media, and in The Advocate. For more information about becoming a Podcast Contest sponsor, contact Carey Shoufler.

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