Law Week Activities



What Is Law Week?

Law Day 2020 (May 1) focuses on the theme “Advancing the Rule of Law Now.” Learn more about it here.

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HBA Law Week Committee logoLaw Day is a national celebration of the rule of law in our society. It has been sponsored and promoted by the American Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association since 1958, when President Dwight Eisenhower designated it a national holiday. The HBA joins local and state bar associations nationwide in sponsoring activities surrounding May 1. While the HBA calls its celebration “Law Week,” it encompasses much more.

The Law Week Essay contest was established in late 1970s; poster contest was established in 1986; school reading program was established in 2003, as was the dialogue program, the photography contest was established in 2012. Special needs contests began in 2011. The Special Needs Day at the Courthouse began in 2013.


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Law Day Contests

The HBA’s annual Law Week Poster, Essay, and Photography contests invited all Harris County-area students to participate. Winners receive cash prizes and are recognized online and in publications.

Submit your contest entry
Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Interested in underwriting the HBA Law Day Contest prizes? Click here for details. Contact Bonnie Simmons at with questions. Thank you to photography contest sponsor Griffith & Hughes P.L.L.C.

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Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Special Day at the Courthouse

In early 2021, the justices at the Historic 1910 Courthouse will invite special needs students and their teachers for guardianship presentations.


Poster Outreach Workshops

The HBA coordinates with the Asian American Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association, and the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston to host poster contest workshops for young students in different Houston-area neighborhoods. These posters will be entered in the HBA Law Day Poster Contest. Stay tuned for announcements.



In spring 2021, volunteers from the HBA Law Week, Lawyers for Literacy and Speakers Bureau Committees will read virtually to Harris County-area elementary schools. Watch for signups to open soon. For more information on the Law Week Reading program, contact Bonnie Simmons at


Dialogue on Freedom

In fall 2021, HBA Law Week Committee volunteers will deliver interactive virtual presentations at Harris County-area high schools, covering this year's topic of "Advancing the Rule of Law Now."


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Contact Bonnie Simmons at with any questions regarding the HBA’s Law Week activities. Click here to learn more about the HBA Law Week Committee.