Law Day 2017: The Results Are In
In 1961, the first of May was set aside by a Joint Resolution of Congress as a “special day of celebration by the American people in appreciation of their liberties and the reaffirmation of their loyalty to the United States of America.” It is an opportunity to educate the public about the legal system and, according to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, “preserve and strengthen our great heritage.”
This year the Oklahoma Bar Association celebrated the 66th anniversary of Law Day with activities and events taking place over several weeks and in 33 different counties. Oklahoma lawyers donated $71,325 in legal services giving free legal advice, and the Law Day message reached more than 4.7 million Oklahomans.
ART AND WRITING CONTEST
The Law Day annual art and writing contests for Pre-K through 12th-grade students was a success with nearly 900 entries from 49 different schools centered on this year’s theme, “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.” Contest winners were honored March 31 during a ceremony in the Supreme Court Ceremonial Court Room at the state Capitol hosted by Chief Justice Douglas Combs. More than $3,700 in prize money was distributed to first- and second-place winners and all other students who entered received a certificate of participation. A list of the winners and their winning entries is available online.
ASK A LAWYER TV Show
The Ask A Lawyer TV show aired for the first time April 27 on OETA. It featured segments on private and DHS adoptions, bankruptcy and debt issues and the success of drug court in Oklahoma. OBA member Dick Pryor hosted and moderated the show, which also aired an additional seven times and was viewed by approximately 100,000 people. If you missed it, the show is available online.
ASK A LAWYER
The year marked the 41st year OBA members offered free legal advice to the public. On April 27, 219 attorneys answered 1,477 phone calls and 367 emails, in both English and Spanish, across 30 different counties. Volunteers donated 475 hours in time and $71,325 in billable hours. This annual event is a unique opportunity to provide a valuable community service while promoting a positive public image of attorneys and the OBA.
As we wrap up Law Day 2017, the OBA Law Day Committee would like to once again say thank you to all the volunteers who donated their time to make this year’s event a success! Without you the tradition and celebration of Law Day would not be possible.