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: Advancing the Rule of Law Now.

Target Population

High school and college students from Monterey County schools.

Contest for High School Students

There are art and speech/essay contests for Monterey County Law Day 2021! Students may enter into one or both contests. Students must be in attendance of any high school in Monterey County to qualify for prizes. Speeches (in video or written essay format) and artwork (in photo, graphic, or video format) need to be received online via the submission link by May 8, 2021. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for winners of both the art and speech/essay Contests!

1st Place: $500 Gift Card

2nd Place: $200 Gift Card

3rd Place: $100 Gift Card

Teachers of the winning students’ entries will also receive a $50 Gift Card for each winning entry! Students’ submissions will be displayed online and celebrated virtually!


How might the rule of law shape our future?

Sponsored by the Dan & Lillian King Foundation, in partnership with the Superior Court of California, Monterey County, and Hartnell College.

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. Presidents since then have systematically issued a Law Day proclamation on May 1st in celebration of the country’s commitment to the rule of law.

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 2021 Law Day Theme — "Advancing the Rule of Law Now"

The rule of law is the bedrock of American rights and liberties—in times of calm and unrest alike. The 2021 Law Day theme—Advancing the Rule of Law, Now—reminds all of us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty, and pursue justice.


Ernesto Vela, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent
Phone: 831.755.1405

Juanita Martinez

Executive Assistant
Phone: 831.755.6404

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