Law Day 2019 a Success
May 31, 2019
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 68th anniversary of Law Day with activities and events taking place over several weeks and in 29 different counties. Oklahoma lawyers donated $66,975 in legal services giving free legal advice, and the Law Day message received more than 3.44 million impressions.
ART AND WRITING CONTEST
The Law Day annual art and writing contest for Pre-K through 12th-grade students was a success with more than 1,050 entries from 62 different schools centered on this year’s theme, “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.” Contest winners were honored April 2 during a ceremony at the Oklahoma Judicial Center hosted by Chief Justice Noma Gurich. 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.
ASK A LAWYER TV SHOW
The Ask A Lawyer TV show aired for the first time May 2 on OETA, and was also aired an additional two times. It was viewed by approximately 50,000 people and featured segments on landlord/tenant law, divorce and the Oklahoma Innocence Project. Veteran newscaster and OBA member Dick Pryor moderated the show and Angela Buckelew served as the host. The show is available online.
ASK A LAWYER
This year marked the 43rd year OBA members offered free legal advice to the public. On May 2, 196 attorneys answered 1,342 phone calls and 371 emails, across 24 different counties. Volunteers donated 446.5 hours in time and $66,975 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 2019, 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.