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|Law Day 2020 - Poster and Essay Contest|
Omaha Law Day 2020
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.
2020's Law Day Theme is "Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100."
Law Day in Omaha is celebrated on Friday, May 1, 2020. (Our traditional lunch celebration has been scuttled this year, due to COVID-19 precautions.)
Law Day Poster Contest - For 5th Graders
The Law Day Poster Contest is adjudicated by the Nebraska Paralegals Association. The contest is open to Omaha area 5th graders. The winning poster will be put on display for the month of May on a billboard on the south side of Dodge Road at approximately 78th Street.1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will receive cash prizes from the Omaha Bar Association.
The deadline for submitting posters for the contest is Friday, March 27, 2020 at 5PM.
Below are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Posters from 2018 Law Day.
1st Place in 2018 - Ellie Melton
Law Day Essay Contest - For 8th Graders
The Law Day Essay Contest is open to all Omaha area 8th graders, and the Omaha Legal Professionals Association coordinates the judging of the essays. Essays are limited to 250 words, and shall discuss the 2020 Law Day Theme of the 19th Amendment at 100. The winning essay will be published in the OBA Newsletter, online, and potentially in The Daily Record newspaper.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will receive cash prizes from the Omaha Bar Association.
The deadline for submitting essays for the contest is Friday, March 27, 2020 at 5PM.
Below is the winning essay from 2018 Law Day.
"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.