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Law Week 2017 Participants Sought

Law Week 2017 Participants Sought

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The Law Week Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division invites schools throughout North Carolina to participate in the annual student contests in honor of the 59th annual observation of Law Day.

The NCBA’s observance of Law Day is scheduled Friday, May 5, 2017.

The NCBA YLD sponsors six separate student contests for students from elementary to high school. These contests can provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about our legal system, get creative, and win prizes for both students and your school. This program can be incorporated into a curriculum, offered for extra credit, or just done for fun.

Please see the materials posted below for further information. Contact information is included in the materials below if you have questions about Law Day or any of these contests.

Link for the Contests:

Law Week Student Contests
Grades 3-5:

Grades 6-8:

Grades 9-12:

Moot Court Announcement

Moot Court Rules

Moot Court Problem

Moot Court Registration

2017 Theme: The 14th Amendment – Transforming American Democracy
Eligibility: All North Carolina students, grades 3-12
Entry Deadline: See each contest packet

Recognition and Awards: Awards will be made in middle and high school categories. Student winners in each category will receive monetary awards. The winning students schools receive a prize check (1st place $300, 2nd place $150, 3rd place $75). Winners, their families, and teachers will also be invited to Raleigh to participate in the Law Day Awards Luncheon Ceremony, and will have an opportunity to meet state Supreme Court justices, appellate court judges, attorneys, North Carolina Bar Association leaders, and members of the North Carolina General Assembly.

The 2017 theme provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth 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 Fourteenth 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. This year’s theme is The 14th Amendment: Transforming America.

History of Law Day
In 1958, President Eisenhower promulgated the first Law Day, U.S.A. as "a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law." Every year since, the President has officially promulgated Law Day as a celebration of our commitment to the rule of law, "an occasion for rededication to the ideals of equality and justice under the law." That great commitment is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, and has been reaffirmed by the words and deeds of great Americans throughout our Nation's history.

The North Carolina Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division, through a formal proclamation by the Governor of North Carolina, celebrate Law Day on the first Friday in May.

The Law Week Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division is a committee comprised of North Carolina attorneys whose primary objective is to establish and promote programs and activities designed to educate the general public of North Carolina about the law and its processes. The primary target audience of our committee is the young people of our state.

To that end, the NCBA YLD is sponsoring the 2017 North Carolina Law Week Student Contests. This is the 35th year the contest has been sponsored in North Carolina schools. These contests are intended to be both a fun experience and a challenge for students. We sincerely hope your students will participate.

Send questions to jterrell@ncbar.org