What is Law Week?

Law Day 2018 (May 1) will focus on “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.” Learn more about it here.

Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom

Law Day Poster Workshop. Saturday, Feb. 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at John P. McGovern Sports and Recreation Center, sponsored by Hispanic Bar Association of Houston and Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston.

Taller de afiches del Día de la Ley. Sábado, 17 de febrero de 9:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. en el Centro de Deportes y Recreación John P. McGovern, patrocinado por la Asociación Hispana de Abogados de Houston y la Asociación Mexicana de Abogados de Houston.

Law Day Poster Workshop. Friday, February 23, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Chinese Community Center sponsored by the Asian American Bar Association of Houston.




General Contest Flyer

Poster Contest – Elementary & Middle School Students

Essay Contest – High School Students

Photography Contest – High School Students

Special Needs Poster Contests – Individual and Team – High School Students

Special Needs Photography Contest – Ages 12-22

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 since 1961, 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. The Special Needs Day at the Courthouse began in 2013.

Contact Bonnie Simmons at bonnies@hba.org or (713) 759-1133 with any questions or to confirm your plan to participate.

What are we doing for Law Week?

Law Week 2018 activities begin in February when over 400 special needs students and their teachers are invited to the historic 1910 Courthouse for presentations by local and state judges, as well as assistance with ideas for creating posters and photos for the HBA’s Law Day contests.

Also in February, the HBA will join the Asian American Bar Association, the Houston Lawyers Association, the Hispanic Bar Association, and the Mexican-American Bar Association to sponsor Law Day Poster Workshops for children in the Chinese Community, Third Ward, and East End.

The HBA’s annual Law Week Poster, Essay, and Photography contests run through March 2, with all area schools invited to participate. Cash prizes for students and their teachers are generously underwritten by: Icon Wealth Partners, LLC, Stratos Legal, and 3b Studio.

The winners of the 2017 contests are listed here.

The State Bar of Texas’ 2017 Law Week contests have concluded. Click here to see their list of winners, including some of our winners!

From late April through early May, volunteers from the Law Week Committee, the Lawyers for Literacy Committee, the Speakers Bureau Committee, and others will read to elementary students in 100 schools throughout Harris County, then donate the book to each school’s library.

The annual Law Day Luncheon, sponsored by the Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA) & Foundation, is set for Tuesday, April 24, 2018. HYLA will present its Woodrow Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, the HYLA Outstanding Mentor Award, and the Liberty Bell Award at the event. The HBA will also award its first place winners for the Law Day Poster, Essay, and Photography Contests.

Contact Bonnie Simmons at bonnies@hba.org or (713) 759-1133 with any questions regarding the HBA’s Law Week activities.