Law Day was established in 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower and officially designated by Congress in 1961 to take place every year on May 1 to mark the nation's commitment to the Rule of Law.
Magna Carta, the 1215 agreement that provided inspiration for the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, was the theme of the 2015 Hampshire and Franklin counties Law Days. In Franklin County, Franklin Bar Association members, NWDA staff and community partners staged a mock Grand Jury proceeding. In Hampshire County, student players from Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School portrayed the dramatic signing of the Magna Carta in 1215.
Students Kimberly Logan from Frontier Regional High School and Benjamin Potee from Pioneer Valley Regional High School were awarded scholarships at Franklin County Law Day.
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School student performers at Hampshire County Law Day 2015
Law Day 2014
On April 10, 2014 at Greenfield Community College, hundreds of students attended a panel discussion about "Social Media and the Decline of Privacy Rights" at Franklin County Law Day, sponsored by the NWDA, GCC and Franklin County Bar Association. Two students, Sarah McCune, from Turners Falls High School, and Noah Jacobson-Carroll, from the Academy of Charlemont, received awards for their essays on whether high school seniors should be concerned about online content about them. Please click HERE to see a video of the panel discussion:
On May 2, 2014, the NWDA and Hampshire County Bar Association invited youth in Hampshire County to participate in a mock ballot vote on the questions of whether Northampton should revoke a city-wide smoking ban and whether the age at which young people can obtain a permit to drive should be lowered to 14. Attorney John Bonifaz, a Constitutional law expert and voting rights advocate, was the keynote speaker, and students took tours of the Courthouse and met Judge John Agostini. Please click HERE for a link to a Springfield Republican story and short news video by reporter Fred Contrada about the event. Photos of classes from Amherst Regional High School, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School and Chinese Immersion Charter School below. More photos from the event can be seen HERE.
In 2013, the NWDA was proud to co-sponsor a Spoken Word contest and court tours for more than 100 young people in Hampshire County and a panel discussion in Franklin County. A winning Spoken Word submissions can be seen below.
Click HERE to see a gallery of photos from the Hampshire County Law Day on the NWDA's Facebook page.
NWDA Director of Outreach and Education Jana McClure, ADA Steve Sloan and some Spoken Word creators at Law Day 2013 in Old Superior Court, Northampton.
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