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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Seperation of Power Pyramid

Judges from Monterey County Superior Court are partnering with the Monterey County Office of Education and Hartnell College to offer 500 high school and college students a unique learning experience to deepen their understanding of the law. Students will partake in a full day of learning about Separation of Powers.


To create learning opportunities for students to learn about Separation of Powers.

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 can so do here:

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Tentative Agenda – May 1st, 2018

Hartnell College



9:00 – 9:30 am

Buses Arrive and Registration Welcome
Hartnell College, Western Stage

9:30 – 9:50 am

Dr. Willard Lewallen, President Hartnell College
Dr. Nancy Kotowski, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools

9:50 – 10:00 am


10:00 – 10:30 am

Keynote Speaker
Congressman Jimmy Panetta

10:30 – 11:30 am

Panel Discussion
Congressman, District Attorney, Police Chief, Public Defender, Judge

11:30 – 12:00 pm

Art Contest
Announcement of Winners / 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.

The United State Code 36 U.S.C. § 113 reads in part:

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 2018 Law Day Theme — "Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom"

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. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” James Madison explained in Federalist 51. Why? Madison believed that the Constitution’s principles of separation of powers and checks and balances preserve political liberty. They provide a framework for freedom. Yet, this framework is not self-executing. We the people must continually act to ensure that our constitutional democracy endures, preserving our liberties and advancing our rights. The 2018 theme enables us 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 (American Bar Association).


Ernesto Vela, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent
Phone: 831.755.1405

Juanita Martinez

Executive Assistant
Phone: 831.755.6404

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