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2020 Rhode Island Law Day Program Information



2020 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 1, 2020. 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.

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

The 2020 Rhode Island Law Day Program, to be held on Friday, May 1, 2020, Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100, will explore how the women’s suffrage movement forever changed America, expanding representative democracy and inspiring other popular movements for constitutional change and reform. In 2019-2020, 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. Complexity and tensions over race and class remain part of the ongoing story of the Nineteenth Amendment and its legacies.


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.  


2020 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 seventeenth annual 2020 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 Chiefs' 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.