Online Separation of Powers Background and Discussion Information

2018 Rhode Island Law Day Essay Contest Guidelines and Rules

2018 Rhode Island Law Day Essay Contest Student Entry Form

2018 Rhode Island Law Day Classroom Program & Essay Contest

On Rhode Island Law Day, thousands of Rhode Island students, teachers, judges and lawyers share important, timely and lively law related education lessons. This year’s Rhode Island Law Day is Friday, May 4, 2018, coinciding with Rhode Island Independence Day. Rhode Island Law Day classroom program lessons are open to all public, independent, private, and parochial Rhode Island middle and upper schools’ 7th to 12th grade classes, and feature in-school, classroom period participation of a Rhode Island judge and lawyer team. To promote active student participation and the best possible educational experience, the Rhode Island Law Day classroom program topic choice focuses on an issue of direct relevance to students.

Click here for the teacher application form.

Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom

The 2018 Law Day theme — Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom — provides us the opportunity to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose, and to consider how our governmental system is working for ourselves and our posterity. The U.S. Constitution sets out a system of government with distinct and independent branches—Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court. It also defines legislative, executive, and judicial powers and outlines how they interact. These three separate branches share power, and each branch serves as a check on the power of the others. 

Online Background and Activity Information
Available classroom program material including recommended discussion points and lesson plans, as well as additional topic background information are available online by clicking here.

2018 Hon. Francis J. Darigan, Jr. Rhode Island Law Day Essay Contest
The Rhode Island Judiciary, the Rhode Island Bar Association, and the Rhode Island Police Chief’s Association are pleased to announce the fifteenth annual 2018 Hon. Francis J. Darigan Jr. Rhode Island Law Day Essay Contest.  The Contest is open to all Rhode Island 10th and 11th grade students attending school in Rhode Island, but only to those grades.  Through the generosity of the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Rhode Island Police Chief’s Association, the winning essay author will receive a $1000 Scholastic Award and an engraved trophy cup.  The winner’s school receives a permanent plaque and the annual Law Day Essay Award Trophy to display until the next Contest.
A second place essay author will also be recognized with a $250 Scholastic Award donated by the Edward P. Gallogly Family Law Inn of Court. We encourage all 10th and 11th grade Rhode Island students to participate.  Students are also encouraged to draw on additional resources, but all outside information must be properly credited.  A completed Student Entry Form, signed by the sponsoring teacher, must accompany each essay entry.  Essays must not exceed 1000 words.  The essays are reviewed and the winner is selected by members of the faculty at Roger Williams University School of Law.  All entries must be received at the Rhode Island Bar Association no later than Friday, May 4th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Kathleen M. Bridge
Director of Communications
Rhode Island Bar Association
Telephone: 401-421-5740 x. 4838
Fax: 401-421-2703