Omaha Law Day 2018
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.
2018's Law Day Theme is "Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom."
Law Day in Omaha is celebrated on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 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 Robert M. Spire Public Service Award Recipient: Hon. Michael Heavican
- OBA Public Service Award Recipient: Kluznick Law Library / McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Legal Research Center
- Law Day Lunch Speaker: Hon. William J. Riley, U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
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.
The Law Day Poster Contest was adjudicated by the Nebraska Paralegals Association. The contest was open to 5th graders, and more than 100 entries were received. The winning poster was made by Ellie Melton of Gretna Elementary School. Ellie'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 - Ellie Melton
2nd Place - Addison Reinoehl
3rd Place - Kerenzia Amouzou
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 Gigi Salerno of St. Pius/St. Leo.
"Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom" by Gigi Salerno
When drafting the Constitution, our Founding Fathers devised a system based not on efficiency, but on the concept of freedom. To accomplish this, they created a structure of separate powers, in which each branch could check another, confirming that one could never become more powerful than the other. The Founding Fathers separated the powers of the federal government into three distinct branches: legislative, executive, and judicial.
Over two hundred years later, the system meticulously organized by the Founding Fathers is still in place. The constitutional design for the separation of powers continues to successfully fulfill its original intent: preventing the abuse of power and protecting individual rights. Each branch can place a check on the other, confirming a balance of power. The government relies on each of these branches, and could not operate without all three. These checks ensure that, through the balance of power, no rights can be taken away from us. This system was designed for the people, with the people, and by the people. We must remain active in the government to ensure that our freedoms remain. Our voices are heard through these branches, and the checks are in place to ensure this prevails.
John Adams wrote that “Power must never be trusted without a check.” Without a check on the federal government, our leaders could become tyrannous and eliminate most of our fundamental rights. Because of the separation of power, however, our power will never be without a check, ensuring that citizens will always have a voice.
(CLICK HERE FOR THE SECOND PLACE ESSAY BY MEG RAABE)
(CLICK HERE FOR THE THIRD PLACE ESSAY BY ABBY WESSLING)
OBA Robert M. Spire Public Service Award Recipient: Hon. Michael G. Heavican
(CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE ON CHIEF JUSTICE HEAVICAN IN OBA LAW DAY NEWSLETTER)
(CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE ON CREIGHTON LAW LIBRARY IN OBA LAW DAY NEWSLETTER)