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 rule of law is the bedrock of American rights and liberties—in times of calm and unrest alike. The 2021 Law Day theme reminds all of us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty, and pursue justice. For more information and resources for Law Day 2021, 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 high school students. 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 2021 Podcast Contest Information Flyer with any students or teachers you know.
- First Place: $1,000
- Second Place: $500
- Third Place: $250
- NEW THIS YEAR: The teacher or the school of the student with the first place entry will receive a $500 award
2021 Podcast Prompt
The “rule of law” is based on the ideal of a just society where laws are created consistent with principles of human rights and enforced equally for all members of society to ensure that no person or entity is above the law. For your podcast, explore the idea of how to promote the rule of law to better defend liberty and create a more just society.
Your podcast needs to include the following elements:
- Start with a quote about the rule of law
- Make sure that you explain why you chose your quote and weave the theme of your quote throughout your podcast.
- Use your chosen quote to explain the importance of the rule of law and what needs to be done to advance the rule of law.
- Explore a specific example where you believe more can be done to advance the rule of law. What needs to change? Why does it need to change? How can it change?
The button below will take you to sample quotes and examples to help you develop your podcast. While your podcast must incorporate a quote and an example, it is not required that you use these samples or examples.
- Friday March 26, 2021: Final Date to Submit Podcast for Initial Review (Optional)
- Friday, April 16, 2021: Podcast Contest Final Submission Deadline
- Friday, April 30, 2021: Announcement of Winning Entries
Podcast Guidelines & Resources
Podcast submissions must meet the following parameters:
- Participating students are in grades 9 to 12.
- Students can develop their podcasts as a school-sponsored project or may work independently to create their submissions
- Podcasts are created individually or in groups of 2 or 3 students.
- Submission is between 5 and 10 minutes long.
- Entry addresses all the elements of the podcast prompt and adheres to the Idaho Law Day Podcast Rubric which judges entries on content, delivery, and production.
- NEW THIS YEAR: Students may submit draft podcasts for review prior to finalizing their entries (optional).
- Submitted using the online submission form which requires entrants to certify that the podcasts are original work, follows the Fair Use Doctrine, includes a release form for everyone involved with the podcast, and lists sources used in the podcast (show notes).
Podcast Contest Results
Check out the incredible submissions to the 2021 Law Day Podcast Contest. Congratulations to the contest winners!
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.