Law Day Contest Winners Receive Awards
Twenty-three Oklahoma students were honored in the recent OBA Law Day art and writing contests. First place winners attended a ceremony at the State Capitol where they received their awards from Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Colbert.
“Law Day is our opportunity to educate the public about the legal system,” said OBA President James T. Stuart of Shawnee. “We incorporate the art and writing contests to reach out to even the youngest citizens. We want them to understand they are never too young to start paying attention to the legal issues that affect them. It is inspiring to see these bright students so engaged and interested in the law.”
Home schooled 11th-grader Brittney Regier won overall grand prize, receiving $500 and having her pencil drawing displayed on the cover of the Oklahoma Bar Journal April issue.
Contests offered were coloring, drawing, collage, visual arts, YouTube video and a “Creative Free-for-All” contest aimed at high school students. More than 1,100 students in grades per-kindergarten through 12th grade entered this year’s Law Day contests, themed “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.”
Law Day, a nationwide event designated by the U.S. Congress in 1958, is celebrated annually with events on or around May 1 to raise public awareness of American law. The idea for Law Day was conceived by the late Hicks Epton, a Wewoka attorney and Oklahoma Bar Association past president.
Annual Law Day events include contests for children, a statewide hotline for free legal advice and an hour-long informational TV show, which airs on public television.
This year, free legal advice will be available on Thursday,May 2 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and volunteers are still needed for two-hour shifts. If you would like to volunteer for the hotline in the Tulsa area,email firstname.lastname@example.org, or in the Oklahoma City area, email email@example.com.