ERIC Number: ED290693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Legal Literacy: The ABC's of American Law and Justice. American Bar Association 1988 Planning Guide: Law Day USA May 1.
American Bar Association, Chicago, IL.
The purpose of Law Day is to call the citizenry's attention to the principles and practices of U.S. law and justice. Activities held by community groups and schools to celebrate Law Day include mock trials, debates, essay and poster contests, and films. This guide was developed to assist community groups or classes to participate in the observance of Law Day. This year's theme, legal literacy, denotes the shared knowledge and common information that may be taken for granted in law-related communications. A detailed outline for planning a law day program, starting with naming a chairperson and forwarding the name to the American Bar Association (ABA) in order to receive Law Day material is provided. A section, written for chairpersons who are working with small budgets and few volunteers, is also useful for teachers starting new classroom projects. The awards and competitive events, which include a theme competition, public service awards, and the Judge Finch speech awards, are detailed. Suggestions for locally sponsored Law Day award programs, such as the Liberty Bell Award, are provided. The guide also includes: (1) informational materials; (2) samples of previous public service award projects; and (3) descriptions of model programs. (SM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Bar Association, Chicago, IL.