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2024 Rhode Island Law Day Program Information

2024 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 3, 2024. 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.

Click here for the teacher application form. 


Voices of Democracy

The 2024 Rhode Island Law Day Program, will be held on Friday, May 3, 2024. This year’s theme, Voices of Democracy, teaches students the importance of Americans participating in the 2024 elections by deepening their understanding of the electoral process; discussing issues in honest and civil ways; turning out to vote; and, finally, helping to move the country forward to continue free and fair elections. In this way, Americans ensure that our government remains responsive to the wishes of the people.


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.


2024 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 21st annual 2024 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, 
the Rhode Island Bar Foundation, and the Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association, the winning essay author will receive a $2000 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 $500 Scholastic Award donated by the Edward P. Gallogly Family Law Inn of Court and the Rhode Island Bar Foundation.

2024 Rhode Island Law Day Essay Contest Winners

First Place: The Power of a Vote written by Ambujam Karuna Lohmann

Second Place: Voting written by Zachary Jean-Philippe