What is Law Week?

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

The 2018 Law Day Contest Winners Are Here!

Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom

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.

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 and attorneys, as well as assistance with ideas for creating posters and photos for the HBA’s Law Day contests.

Also in February, the HBA joined the Asian American Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association, and the Mexican-American Bar Association to sponsor Law Day Poster Workshops for children in the Chinese Community and East End.

The HBA’s annual Law Week Poster, Essay, and Photography contest ran 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. Entries will be on display in courthouses and professional buildings downtown.

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 and donate the book to each school’s library. Schools: Click here to sign up for Law Week Readings at your school. Attorneys: Click here to volunteer as a reader.

The annual Law Day Luncheon, sponsored by the Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA) & Foundation, was Tuesday, April 24, 2018, with the Honorable Lee Rosenthal serving as keynote speaker. HYLA presented its Woodrow Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and the HYLA Outstanding Mentor Award at the event. The HBA also awarded 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.