Law Day

The Idaho Law Foundation joins the nation in celebrating Law Day each year in May.  The Law Related Education Program will provide organizational 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 2017

The Law Day theme for 2017 is The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy. This theme provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the 14th Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Through its Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses.

This transformative amendment advanced the rights of all Americans. It also played a pivotal role in extending the reach of the Bill of Rights to the states. Ratified during Reconstruction a century and a half ago, the 14th Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under law. For more information about the 14th Amendment, visit the Library of Congress.

For more information about and resources for Law Day 2017, visit the American Bar Association.

Law Day Podcast Contest

In celebration of Law Day, the Idaho Law Foundation is sponsoring a podcast contest to encourage students in grades 9 to 12 to explore the 2017 Law Day theme by creating a podcast that answers the question below.

Since it was ratified in 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment has transformed the relationship between citizens and the government.  Choose one of the three clauses from the Amendment: citizenship, due process, or equal protection and analyze how this clause is relevant to our lives today.

The top 3 finishers will be awarded cash prizes. Podcast submissions must meet the following parameters:

  • The audio podcast is between 4 and 7 minutes in length
  • The podcast can be created individually or in groups of 2 to 3
  • Podcast is submitted by 6:00 PM (MT) on Friday, April 14, 2017
  • The podcast is submitted in an approved file format. (For a complete list of acceptable formats, contact Carey Shoufler at cshoufler@isb.idaho.gov)
  • The podcast is based on the guiding question and follows the criteria included on the 2017 Idaho Law Day Podcast Rubric
  • The podcast is submitted using the online 2017 Podcast Submission Form (see below), which requires entrants to:
  • Certify that the submission is original work
  • Follows the Fair Use Doctrine for using clips that are the intellectual property of someone else
  • Includes a release form for everyone who worked on and is heard in the podcast
  • Includes a citation list of sources used in the creation of the podcast

2017 Podcast Submission Form

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