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Law Day Art Contest

The Denver Bar Association celebrates Law Day on May 1st.  The Denver Bar Association Public Legal Education Department celebrates by a K-5 grade Law Day Art Contest.  Each year the American Bar Association comes up with a theme for the day and we will post it on this page.  The contestants will be divided into two categories. Category one will be K–2nd grades. Category two will be 3rd–5th grades. Below are the guidelines for the 2011 Law Day art contest. We hope you will participate in this fun and educational activity.

This year’s theme for Law Day isThe Legacy of John Adams, from Boston to Guantanamo. John Adams' role in the 1770 Boston Massacre trials is regarded as a noteworthy example of the defense of commitment to the rule of law and defense of the rights of the accused, even in cases when advocates represent unpopular clients and become involved in matters that generate public controversy. Patriot, advocate, diplomat, constitutional theorist and political activist, Adams became our nation's first lawyer-president in 1797. The 2011 Law Day theme provides us with an opportunity to assess and celebrate the legacy of John Adams, explore the historical and contemporary role of lawyers in defending the rights of the accused, and renew our understanding of and appreciation for the fundamental principle of the rule of law.


1. The work must be the exclusive work of the student entering the contest and may be done in school or at home

2. Entries will be accepted on 8 1/2 by 11 white paper.

3. Ink, crayon, markers, and/or paints may be used.

4. Any student in kindergarten through grade 5 in the Denver Public School system may enter the contest.

5. Each illustration submitted must contain the following information (to be typed or printed on the back side of the picture:

Name of Student
School; Grade Level
Teacher/Instructor; Telephone Number
Student’s Home Address & Telephone Number

DEADLINE TO ENTER: The teacher/instructor will be asked to judge the colored illustrations in his/her classroom and mail the three finalist pictures byMonday, March 1, 2011 to:

The Denver Bar Association

Attention: Public Legal Education Department

1900 Grant Street, Suite 900

Denver, CO 80203


1. There will be one finalist in each category.

2. Each finalist will be featured in the May 2011 issue of the Denver Bar Association’s publication, The Docket.

3. Each finalist will be featured on a Law Day 2011 poster to be used across the state to market and spread awareness of Law Week 2011.

4. Each finalist and the teacher of the finalist will receive a $50 gift card to Target Shopping Centers.

Some suggested themes that students could illustrate are:

Example 1:Briefly identify the role of each branch of today’s government and discuss John Adams’ similar contributions to each role: Legislative Branch - creating law (John Adams served in his state legislature and assisted in preparing the Constitution of the State of Massachusetts and the Declaration of Independence); Executive Branch - enforcing the law (John Adams served as the 1st Vice President of the U.S. under George Washington and the as the 2nd President of the U.S.) and Judicial Branch - interpreting the law (John Adams role as an attorney ensuring a fair trial for all).  Then have the students draw John Adams impact or role in one or more of the areas discussed.

Example 2:John Adams played a significant role in identifying a person’s constitutional rights, as well as advocating the protection of those rights.  Create a classroom constitution and discuss the importance of protecting those rights.  Then have the students draw a court room scene with John Adams protecting the constitutional right they believe to be the most important.