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Law Day 2018: Another Successful Year

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 67th anniversary of Law Day with activities and events taking place over several weeks and in 32 different counties. Oklahoma lawyers donated $77,325 in legal services giving free legal advice, and the Law Day message received a total of 4.93 million impressions.


The Law Day annual art and writing contests for Pre-K through 12th-grade students was a success with more than 900 entries from 55 different schools centered on this year’s theme, “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.” Contest winners were honored March 27 during a ceremony at the Oklahoma Judicial Center hosted by Chief Justice Douglas Combs. More than $4,000 in prize money was distributed to first- and second-place winners and all other students who entered received a certificate of participation.


The Ask A Lawyer TV show aired for the first time May 3 on OETA. It featured segments on estate planning, mental health court and expungements. OBA member Dick Pryor hosted and moderated the show, which also aired an additional three and was viewed by approximately 60,000 people. If you missed it, the show is available online.


The year marked the 42nd year OBA members offered free legal advice to the public. On May 3, 239 attorneys answered 1,418 phone calls and 361 emails, in both English and Spanish, across 27 different counties. Volunteers donated 515.5 hours in time and $77,325 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 2018, 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.