Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

US Flag Country Shape - Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society

In partnership with the Superior Court of California, Monterey County, Hartnell College, the Monterey County Office of Education and School Districts, the American Bar Association, and sponsored by the Dan & Lillian King Foundation.


For students to learn about careers in the legal profession and this year’s Law Day Theme: Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.

Target Population

High school and college students from Monterey County schools.


Teachers of US History, Government, Economics, English, Art, and World History who wish to register their class:

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Hartnell College

Tentative Agenda – May 3rd, 2019



9:00 – 9:30 am

Buses Arrive and Registration Welcome
Hartnell College, Western Stage

9:30 – 9:50 am

Dr. Deneen Guss, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Sonja Lolland, Hartnell College Vice President of Academic Affairs

9:50 – 10:00 am

Introduction: Master of Ceremonies
Honorable Lydia M. Villareal, Presiding Judge, Monterey County Superior Court

10:00 – 10:30 am

Keynote Speaker
California State Senator, Bill Monning, 17th Senate District

10:30 – 11:30 am

Panel Discussion
State Senator, District Attorney, Police Chief, Public Defender, Judge, Attorney

11:30 – 12:00 pm

Art and Essay Contest
Announcement of Winning Entries / Prize Presentations

12:00 – 2:00 pm

Lunch Provided
Steinbeck Hall | College / Career Resource Fair

2:00 pm

Students Depart

About Law Day

In 1958, President Eisenhower proclaimed Law Day to honor the role of law in the creation of the United States of America. Three years later, Congress followed suit by passing a joint resolution establishing May 1 as Law Day.

Law Day, U.S.A., is a special day of celebration by the people of the United States—

(1) in appreciation of their liberties and the reaffirmation of their loyalty to the United States and of their rededication to the ideals of equality and justice under law in their relations with each other and with other countries; and

(2) for the cultivation of the respect for law that is so vital to the democratic way of life

The United State Code 36 U.S.C. § 113

The 2019 Law Day Theme — "Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society"

The 2019 Law Day theme focuses on these cornerstones of representative government and calls on us to understand and protect these rights to ensure, as the U.S. Constitution proposes, “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.” In the United States and around the world, freedom of speech and the press are among the most important foundations for a free society. Free speech and free press are prominent topics in public discourse and litigation. It is impossible to imagine a free society without these individual liberties, yet historical and current debates surrounding them 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.



Ernesto Vela, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent
Phone: 831.755.1405

Juanita Martinez

Executive Assistant
Phone: 831.755.6404

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