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Omaha Law Day 2017

Law Day is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in this democracy and the importance of jury service to maintaining the integrity of the courts.

As we approach the 150th anniversary of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the 2017 Law Day theme, The Fourteenth Amendment: Transforming American Democracy, calls on every American to reflect on the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under the law.

Law Day in Omaha is celebrated on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 with a lunch event. However, Law Day related events take place in the community before, during, and after the lunch.

Law Day Events:

  • Mock Trial
  • Lawyers in the Classroom
  • Law Day Poster Contest
  • Law Day Essay Contest
  • OBA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Amy Longo 
  • OBA Robert M. Spire Public Service Award Recipient: Don Kleine
  • OBA Public Service Award Recipient: Doris Huffman
  • Law Day Lunch Speaker: Danielle Conrad, Nebraska ACLU

Mock Trial

Lawyers in the Classroom

From March 15 to April 20, over 40 attorneys in the Omaha area visited the classrooms of more than 1200 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. Thank you to Larry Roland and Jamie Hermanson for coordinating this effort.

Law Day Poster Contest

The Law Day Poster Contest was adjudicated by the Nebraska Paralegals Association. The contest was open to 5th graders, and more than 130 entries were received. The winning poster was made by Jordyn Pratt-Laue of Pine Creek Elementary School. Jordyn's poster is on display for the month of May on a billboard on the south side of Dodge Road at approximately 78th Street.

1st Place - Alexa Hall

2nd Place - Max Elwood

3rd Place - Asal Mohammadi



Law Day Essay Contest

 The Law Day Essay Contest was open to 8th graders, and the Omaha Legal Professionals Association coordinated the judging of the essays. The winning essay was written by Zach Weis of Gretna Middle School.

"The Transformative Fourteenth Amendment" by Zach Weis

No matter someone’s status, they are each granted the same rights and privileges of the United States Constitution. This is because of the transformative Fourteenth Amendment. The reasons that this amendment is so prominent are found mainly in its first clause. Although it assures citizenship, due process, and equal protection, the latter two are the bases for many influential judicial decisions that have shaped our country.

First of all, without the due process that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees, the government would be allowed to take away fundamental rights without a hearing. These rights include life, liberty, and property. Before the government can infringe on any of these rights, an individual must be provided an opportunity to be heard fairly. In the case of Rippo v. Baker, the United States Supreme Court determined that Rippo’s due process rights were violated because the risk that the judge was biased was too great to be constitutionally tolerated.

Most frequently people rely upon the Fourteenth Amendment for equal protection. Ranging from Brown v. Board of Education to Obergefell v. Hodges, citizens have relied upon this clause to secure equal treatment. Through cases such as these, the judicial branch has translated the Constitution to define what is socially acceptable. Clearly, the equal protection clause has shaped our society.

In conclusion, the Fourteenth Amendment has transformed our country because it guarantees due process, citizenship, and equal protection. Without the Fourteenth Amendment, rights could be siphoned, citizenship could be minimized, and equal protection would be a myth.





OBA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Amy Longo

OBA Robert M. Spire Public Service Award Recipient: Don Kleine


OBA Public Service Award Recipient: Doris Huffman


Law Day Lunch Speaker: Danielle Conrad



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