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November 5, 2010

Law Day contest set for students

Woodward, Okla. — Oklahoma students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade may participate in the Oklahoma Bar Association-sponsored Law Day competition.

The annual Law Day competition involves art, writing and Internet contests providing chances to win cash prizes up to $500.

Theme for this year’s contest is “The Legacy of John Adams: Defending the Rights of the Accused.” Judging is based on originality and interpretation of the theme, said Oklahoma Bar Association Communications Specialist Melissa Brown.

 “That’s a good (topic),”  said Woodward attorney Mike Meinders, who coordinates the contest locally.

There may be some folks out there who don’t know who John Adams was and his critical role as one of the founding fathers, Meinders said.  But if they were to enter the Law Day competition then they would able to do research and learn more about this historical figure, he said.

Brown outlined the various competitions:

- Kids in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and transitional 1st grade may enter a coloring contest. The coloring sheets may be downloaded at

- 1st and 2nd graders have a drawing contest, while 3d through 5th grades participate in a collage competition.

- 5th through 8th graders have a creative writing contest, and a visual arts contest is in place for 6th through 8th graders.

- 9th through 12th grade students may enter what Brown said is being termed a “creative free-for-all” contest. Entries for this category  can be an original piece of artwork in any medium or a piece of creative writing that relates to the theme.

Brown said entries must be sent in to the Oklahoma Bar Center, attention Law Day Committee, P.O. Box 53036, Oklahoma City, OK 73152-3036, or delivered to the Bar Center at 1901 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105. Deadline for the entries to be received is Dec. 17.

Brown said mailed entries should be posted several days before the deadline to assure timely arrival.

In addition to the traditional artistic contests, Brown said this year's Law Day competition will include a YouTube contest.

“The YouTube contest is open to students of any grade level,” Brown  said. “Those who wish to enter must submit a video of 3 minutes or less that captures the legacy  of John Adams.”

For the traditional Law Day art/writing contests, Brown said 1st, 2nd and honorable mention awards will be given for each grade. The 1st and 2nd place winners will get cash prizes and a framed award certificate, Brown said. One $500 grand prize will be awarded to the best overall entry selected from all grade levels, she said, noting the YouTube submissions are also up for the $500 grand prize.

Meinders said when he receives his Law Day package from the Bar Association, or perhaps when he takes the information off the Internet himself, he will approach Woodward Schools Supt. Tim Merchant about including it within the classroom curriculum.

In the past, he said "(local) participation has been good," especially when teachers have made the contest part of their regular classwork.

Full contest details and entry forms are available on the OBA Web site,  Those with questions may contact, Brown said.

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