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2022 Rhode Island Law Day Program Information

2022 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 6, 2022. 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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Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change

The 2022 Rhode Island Law Day Program, to be held on Friday, May 6, 2022, Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change, reminds us that the Constitution is a dynamic document, that not only outlines a blueprint for government, but also delegates power, articulates rights, and offers mechanisms for change. It is neither perfect, nor exhaustive, as our nation’s history makes clear. Legislation, court rulings, amendments, lawyers, and “we the people” have built upon those original words across generations to attempt to make the “more perfect Union” more perfect. That effort continues today, as contemporary leaders and everyday citizens raise their voices as loud as ever to fulfill the promise of the Constitution and create a more perfect Union.


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


2022 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 nineteenth annual 2022 Hon. Francis J. Darigan Jr. Rhode Island Law Day Essay Contest.  The Contest is open to all Rhode Island 10th, 11th, and 12th 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.