Law Week Activities

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What Is Law Week?

Law Day 2020 (May 1) focuses on the theme “Your Vote • Your Voice • Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100.” Learn more about it here.

 

ABA Law Day 2020 Logo

 

Law 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 Week Readings

In honor of Law Day (May 1), HBA President Benny Agosto, Jr. is reading Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. This year, the theme of Law Day recognizes the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which allows women the right to vote.

Click to watch the above video at your convenience.

Students, parents and educators, please enjoy this video in lieu of the HBA's in-person Law Week readings this year. If you're interested in hosting a live reading by an HBA volunteer at your elementary school in the future, click here to sign up for a reminder.

 

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Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Dialogue on Freedom

November 16-20, 2020, HBA Law Week Committee volunteers will deliver interactive virtual presentations at Harris County-area high schools, covering this year's topic of "Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100."

Click here to sign up your school for a presentation.

 

Multi-bar Webinar

"The Cure for Divisiveness: Mindfulness & the Pursuit of Happiness in the Era of COVID-19"

Featuring National Trial Lawyers Association 2020 President Lisa Blue!

Streamed May 1, 2020. PowerPoint Presentation | Book List | Science Slides. Not available for CLE credit.

Thank you to the Austin Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association, the San Antonio Bar Association, and the Tarrant County Bar Association for co-sponsoring this event!

 

Dialogue on Freedom

In the fall, the Law Week Committee will send teams of judges, lawyers and law students to area high schools for an interactive Dialogue on Freedom presentation based on this year’s Law Day theme.

 

 

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Law Day Contests

Click here for Essay, Photography and Poster Contest results!

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. Selected entries will be on display in the Harris County Law Library (1019 Congress Street). The special needs photography and poster contests followed the theme, "Laws Help Us."

Thank you to our contest prize underwriters Innovative Legal Solutions; Powell, Youngblood & Taylor, LLP; and Law Week Committee Co-Chairs Chris Popov, Annette Ramirez and Charles Shaw!

 

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Previous Events

Special Day at the Courthouse

Students pose for a picture behind the bench of the appellate courtroom

Law Week 2020 activities began Friday, January 17 when special needs students and their teachers visited the Historic 1910 Courthouse for guardianship presentations by local and state judges and attorneys, and received resource guides about special education law.

 

Poster Outreach Workshops

In February, the HBA, the Asian American Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association, and the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston sponsored Law Day Poster Outreach Workshops for children in the Chinese Community and East End. These posters were entered into the HBA Law Day Poster Contest.

 

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Contact Bonnie Simmons at bonnies@hba.org with any questions regarding the HBA’s Law Week activities.