Law Day Topic Background and Discussion Information (to come in January 2019)

2019 Rhode Island Law Day Essay Contest Guidelines and Rules
2019 Rhode Island Law Day Essay Contest Student Entry Form

2019 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 3, 2019, 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.

Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society

The 2019 Rhode Island Law Day Program, to be held on Friday, May 3, 2019, Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society, will explore how free speech and free press are prominent topics in public discourse and litigation, as historical and current debates continually challenge us to consider their boundaries and resilience. Changes in technology have reshaped how free speech and free press work in the everyday world. This topic allows us explore these freedoms by probing their history and considering their future. Students can relate freedom of speech to how they interact on social media, school dress codes, and even bullying.

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. 
(coming in January 2019)

2019 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 sixteenth annual 2019 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 midnight on Sunday, May 12th, 2019.

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