Law Day

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Law Day 2020 Logo - "Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy"

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: Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100.

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:

Law Day 2020 Registration

Salinas High School, April 28th, 2020 – Tentative Agenda

Tentative agenda for Law Day 2020 at Salinas High School



9:00 – 9:30 am

Buses Arrive and Registration Welcome
Salinas High School Theater

9:30 – 9:50 am

Dr. Deneen Guss, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools

9:50 – 10:00 am

Introduction: Master of Ceremonies
Honorable Julie R. Culver

10:00 – 10:30 am

Keynote Speaker
California Supreme Court Chief Justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye

10:30 – 11:30 am

Panel Discussion
Honorable Marla O. Anderson, Sheriff Steve Bernal, District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni, Chief Deputy Public Defender Michelle Wouden, Attorney Michelle Welsh

11:30 – 12:00 pm

Art and Essay Contest
Announcement of Winning Entries / Prize Presentations

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided
Salinas High School Small Gym | Voter Registration Drive

1:30 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 re-dedication 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 2020 Law Day Theme — "Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100"

The Law Day 2020 theme is “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100.” In 2019-20, the United States is commemorating the centennial of the transformative constitutional amendment that guaranteed the right of citizens to vote would not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex. American women fought for, and won, the vote through their voice and action.



Ernesto Vela, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent
Phone: 831.755.1405

Juanita Martinez

Executive Assistant
Phone: 831.755.6404

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