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					                 CELEBRATE YOUR FREEDOM:
       PROTECTING OUR RIGHTS, PROTECTING OUR COURTS
                              VISUAL ARTS COMPETITION
                                        LAW DAY 2007
                                     Sponsored by
                            The Polk County Bar Association
WHAT IS THIS COMPETITION ABOUT?
Law Day is celebrated to highlight the American heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the Law.
It is important that all Americans understand what the Founders intended and accomplished in creating a
government of separate powers, with an independent judiciary. The Founders were concerned that the
government they established not have all its powers concentrated in the hands of a few officials. The
Founders were also concerned that the powers granted to one branch would be balanced by powers
granted to others. Congress’s power to legislate, for example, is balanced by the executive's power to veto
legislation and by the judiciary's power to declare legislation unconstitutional. This system of checks and
balances ensures that each branch serves as a constraint on, and is constrained by, the powers of the other
branches. This year’s theme builds on this concept and concentrates on the importance of an independent
judicial branch. Our courts are designed to be fair and impartial, accountable to the law and the
Constitution.
This theme enables students to demonstrate the importance of an independent judiciary. The theme also is
central to building understanding of the rule of law, always a primary purpose of Law Day.

WHY SHOULD I ENTER THIS COMPETITION?
     To creatively express your ideas
     To have your art publicly displayed
     You may win a monetary prize or a gift certificate to use at a local art store
     Winning artists will be invited to the May 2007 Polk County Bar Association meeting
     Local artists and attorneys will judge your art

WHAT FORM OF ART MAY I SUBMIT?
      Artwork should be a flat two-dimensional visual image.
      The artwork may consist of photography, paint, marker, pen, charcoal, political cartoon, or other similar
       medium.
      Artwork must be submitted in standard frame sizes of 11 x 14 or 16 x 20 and must be matted or mounted
       and ready for display. Artwork may be a different size if it is ready to hang when submitted.
      Each piece of art must include a title and a short caption describing the artwork and its depiction of the
       competition theme, which must be attached so that it can be displayed with the artwork.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN MY ART?
     Be curious, be critical, be serious or humorous, but most of all, be creative!

HOW DO I ENTER?
     See the attached contest rules

Please contact Emily Chafa at emilychafa@msn.com or 243-2980x1642 or Kristin Collinson at
mackiekac@aol.com or 223-5038x214 with any questions or concerns about the competition.
                 CELEBRATE YOUR FREEDOM:
       PROTECTING OUR RIGHTS, PROTECTING OUR COURTS
                    POETRY COMPETITION
                                           LAW DAY 2007
                                         Sponsored by
                                The Polk County Bar Association
WHAT IS THIS COMPETITION ABOUT?
Law Day is celebrated to highlight the American heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the Law.
It is important that all Americans understand what the Founders intended and accomplished in creating a
government of separate powers, with an independent judiciary. The Founders were concerned that the
government they established not have all its powers concentrated in the hands of a few officials. The
Founders were also concerned that the powers granted to one branch would be balanced by powers
granted to others. Congress’s power to legislate, for example, is balanced by the executive's power to veto
legislation and by the judiciary's power to declare legislation unconstitutional. This system of checks and
balances ensures that each branch serves as a constraint on, and is constrained by, the powers of the other
branches. This year’s theme builds on this concept and concentrates on the importance of an independent
judicial branch. Our courts are designed to be fair and impartial, accountable to the law and the
Constitution.
This theme enables students to demonstrate the importance of an independent judiciary. The theme also is
central to building understanding of the rule of law, always a primary purpose of Law Day.

WHY SHOULD I ENTER THIS COMPETITION?
     To creatively express your ideas
     To have your poetry publicly displayed or published
     You may win a monetary prize or a gift certificate to use at a local book store
     Winning poets will be guests at the May 2007 Polk County Bar Association meeting
     Local poets and attorneys will judge your poetry
     You may work with your friends on an interesting project

WHAT FORM OF POETRY MAY I SUBMIT?
    o Any traditionally recognized form: epic, blank verse, sonnets, haiku, etc.
    o Consider use of figurative language, imagery, pun, oxymoron, and personification
       o   Poetry entries should be typed or legibly printed on white or light colored 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
       o   The maximum length for a poem is one page.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN MY POETRY?
     Evidence that you are curious, critical, serious or humorous, but most of all, creative!

HOW DO I ENTER?
     See the attached competition rules

Please contact Emily Chafa at emilychafa@msn.com or at 243-2980x1642 or Kristin Collinson at
mackiekac@aol.com or 223-5038x214 with any questions or concerns about the competition.
                 CELEBRATE YOUR FREEDOM:
       PROTECTING OUR RIGHTS, PROTECTING OUR COURTS
                                  DRAMA COMPETITION
                                        LAW DAY 2007
                                       Sponsored by
                              The Polk County Bar Association
WHAT IS THIS COMPETITION ABOUT?
Law Day is celebrated to highlight the American heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the Law.
It is important that all Americans understand what the Founders intended and accomplished in creating a
government of separate powers, with an independent judiciary. The Founders were concerned that the
government they established not have all its powers concentrated in the hands of a few officials. The
Founders were also concerned that the powers granted to one branch would be balanced by powers
granted to others. Congress’s power to legislate, for example, is balanced by the executive's power to veto
legislation and by the judiciary's power to declare legislation unconstitutional. This system of checks and
balances ensures that each branch serves as a constraint on, and is constrained by, the powers of the other
branches. This year’s theme builds on this concept and concentrates on the importance of an independent
judicial branch. Our courts are designed to be fair and impartial, accountable to the law and the
Constitution.
This theme enables students to demonstrate the importance of an independent judiciary. The theme also is
central to building understanding of the rule of law, always a primary purpose of Law Day.
WHY SHOULD I ENTER THIS COMPETITION?
     To creatively express your ideas
     To have your skit or dramatic presentation publicly displayed or published
     You may win a monetary prize or a gift certificate to use at a local book store
     Winners will be guests at the May 2007 Polk County Bar Association meeting
     Local actors, playwrights and attorneys will judge your dramatic piece
     You may work with your friends on an interesting project

WHAT FORM OF DRAMATIC PRESENTATION MAY I SUBMIT?
    o A 5 – 8 minute skit, monologue, or other original dramatic presentation recorded on VHS or
       DVD (It may be shorter in length)
    o You may submit a dramatic presentation skit created individually or as a group
    o Consider use of props, applicable scenery, and costumes

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN MY SKIT?
     Evidence that you are curious, critical, serious or humorous, but most of all, creative!

HOW DO I ENTER?
     See the attached competition rules

Please contact Emily Chafa at emilychafa@msn.com or 243-2980x1642 or Kristin Collinson at
mackiekac@aol.com or 223-5038x214 with any questions or concerns about the competition.
                 CELEBRATE YOUR FREEDOM:
       PROTECTING OUR RIGHTS, PROTECTING OUR COURTS
                                  MUSIC COMPETITION
                                        LAW DAY 2007
                                       Sponsored by
                              The Polk County Bar Association
WHAT IS THIS COMPETITION ABOUT?
Law Day is celebrated to highlight the American heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the Law.
It is important that all Americans understand what the Founders intended and accomplished in creating a
government of separate powers, with an independent judiciary. The Founders were concerned that the
government they established not have all its powers concentrated in the hands of a few officials. The
Founders were also concerned that the powers granted to one branch would be balanced by powers
granted to others. Congress’s power to legislate, for example, is balanced by the executive's power to veto
legislation and by the judiciary's power to declare legislation unconstitutional. This system of checks and
balances ensures that each branch serves as a constraint on, and is constrained by, the powers of the other
branches. This year’s theme builds on this concept and concentrates on the importance of an independent
judicial branch. Our courts are designed to be fair and impartial, accountable to the law and the
Constitution.
This theme enables students to demonstrate the importance of an independent judiciary. The theme also is
central to building understanding of the rule of law, always a primary purpose of Law Day.
WHY SHOULD I ENTER THIS COMPETITION?
     To creatively express your ideas
     To have your music publicly performed, displayed or published
     You may win a monetary prize or a gift certificate to use at a local book store
     Winners will be guests at the May 2007 Polk County Bar Association meeting
     Local musicians and attorneys will judge your composition
     You may work with your friends on an interesting project

WHAT FORM OF MUSICAL COMPOSITION MAY I SUBMIT?
    o A 1 –3 minute original musical composition recorded on CD or DVD (It may be shorter in
       length, but shouldn’t be longer than 3 minutes)
    o Your vocal or instrumental piece may be created individually or as a group

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN MY COMPOSITION?
     Evidence that you are curious, critical, serious or humorous, but most of all, creative!

HOW DO I ENTER?
     See the attached competition rules

Please contact Emily Chafa at emilychafa@msn.com or 243-2980x1642 or Kristin Collinson at
mackiekac@aol.com or 223-5038x214 with any questions or concerns about the competition.
                        POLK COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
                              2007 LAW DAY COMPETITION
                                   GENERAL CONTEST INFORMATION

DEADLINE: All entries must be delivered or ready for pick-up on or before March 30, 2007. Each teacher
with any students participating in the contest should contact Emily Chafa at emilychafa@msn.com or 243-
2980x1642 or Kristin Collinson at mackiekac@aol.com or 223-5038x214 by Wednesday, March 28, 2007 to
arrange for pick-up or delivery of the entries from that school. Law Day Committee members can pick up the
entries from each participating school.

THEME: Each entry will be judged for the student’s creative use of the theme in relation to the independent
judicial system and its effect on daily life in our community, nation and the world. We hope that the students will
realize that our impartial judiciary is a cornerstone of our democracy. In the United States, judges decide cases
before them without fear or favor, based on the law and facts of that particular case. Judges are not free to decide
cases according to their own whims or prejudices. Judicial independence means that judges have authority to
exercise their constitutional obligation and may make unpopular decisions without concern for personal or
professional retribution. Each entry, especially the musical compositions and visual art submissions, must include a
paragraph describing the entry’s relation to the theme.

ELIGIBILITY: All students in grades 6-12 in the Polk County area are welcome and encouraged to
participate in the contest. The entries will be judged in two classes: (1) Grades 6, 7 & 8 and (2) Grades 9, 10, 11
& 12. Each category will be evaluated separately. Students may submit a group entry if desired.

HONORS AND AWARDS: The winners in each category (artwork, poetry, drama and music) and each of the two
grade levels (6, 7 & 8 and 9, 10, 11 & 12), as appropriate, will be honored at the Polk County Bar Association
luncheon on May 8, 2007. Monetary awards will also be granted to the top winners in each category. In addition,
the winning entries will be displayed at various public places in the Des Moines area. Winning poetry will be
published in the Polk County Bar Association newsletter.

JUDGING: A team made up of local artists, poets, actors, musicians and attorneys will judge the entries, as
appropriate. Any group entries will be judged separately from individual student entries.

GENERAL CONTEST RULES: Each entry must be signed by the student. The attached entry form must also
be completed, including the release form. A parent, guardian or teacher must also sign the entry form. The
entry form should be attached to the entry if possible.

CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS: Emily Chafa at emilychafa@msn.com or 243-2980x1642 or
Kristin Collinson at mackiekac@aol.com or 223-5038x214 with any questions.

IDEAS AND EXAMPLES: These are a few examples of recent and historic threats to an independent judicial
system that protects the rights of all fairly and equally.
    1. Political or personal pressure on a judge to make a certain decision in a case or a series of cases involving a
        friend or a controversial subject.
    2. Threats to kill or harm judges for their decisions, during the civil rights era and continuing in our time.
    3. Public pressure on a judge to decide a case and handle a case a different way when it involves a celebrity.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS
Thank you for your interest in this competition! We recognize that student involvement is often dependent
upon teacher support. Please inform your colleagues of the competition and feel free to copy the
materials for distribution to others. We hope to see you and your students at the awards ceremony on
May 8, 2007. We would like to come and visit your classroom to talk with your students about this
importance theme.

In 1958, President Eisenhower established Law Day (May 1) as an annual event to celebrate and
strengthen the American heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law. The Polk County Bar
Association sponsors a student competition each year to celebrate Law Day in the Polk County area. For
the fifth consecutive year, the Law Day Committee is sponsoring an artwork and poetry competition. We
are adding music and drama categories for the first time this year. The competition is open to all
students in grades 6 through 12 throughout Polk County. This competition received national attention
when our 2004 project won an Outstanding Law Day Activity Award from the American Bar Association.
It is important that all Americans understand what the Founders intended and accomplished in creating a
government of separate powers, with an independent judiciary. The Founders were concerned that the
government they established not have all its powers concentrated in the hands of a few officials. The
Founders were also concerned that the powers granted to one branch would be balanced by powers
granted to others. Congress’s power to legislate, for example, is balanced by the executive's power to veto
legislation and by the judiciary's power to declare legislation unconstitutional. This system of checks and
balances ensures that each branch serves as a constraint on, and is constrained by, the powers of the other
branches. This year’s theme builds on this concept and concentrates on the importance of an independent
judicial branch. Our courts are designed to be fair and impartial, accountable to the law and the
Constitution.
This theme enables students to explore and express creatively the importance of an independent judiciary.
The theme also is central to building understanding of the rule of law, always a primary purpose of Law
Day. Judicial independence means that judges can decide cases before them without fear or favor, based
on the law and the facts of that particular case. Judicial independence does not mean that judges are free
to decide cases according to their own whims or prejudices.
The poetry, art, music or drama submission must reflect the student’s view or impression of the theme as
described above. In addition, each work of art and musical composition must include a title and a short
caption that describes or explains the student’s reasons for choosing the subject and its relationship to the
theme. Winning entries may be published or displayed. A group of students may collaborate and submit
a group entry. Group entries will be judged separately from individual student entries. We can provide
drawing materials to teachers on a limited basis.

In addition to the contest, members of the Law Day Committee will be available to speak to your classes
on this subject if you so desire. Please contact Emily Chafa at emilychafa@msn.com or 243-1980x1642
or Kristin Collinson at mackiekac@aol.com or 223-5038x214 with any questions or concerns about the
competition and/or to schedule an attorney to come and talk to your class about this theme.
              ENTRY FORM, RELEASE AND CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY
                           2007 LAW DAY COMPETITION

_______________________________________________________________________
First and Last Name (Please Print or Type)

_______________________________________________________________________
Grade Level                         School

_______________________________________________________________________
Home Address (street, city, state and zip code)

_______________________________________________________________________
Home Telephone Number                     e-mail address

CONSENT AND RELEASE

I, ______________________________________________(print name), agree to allow the Polk County
Bar Association’s Law Day Committee to use and display my entry wherever, whenever and however it
sees fit to do so, including, but not limited to, display in various public places in and around Polk County
and publication in a newsletter or other printed or electronic medium. I release the Polk County Bar
Association and its officers, employees, agents, volunteers or others associated with this competition,
from and against any liability for any damages that may occur in connection with this competition.

Signature of student entrant: _________________________________________

I agree and consent to the above.

Signature of parent or guardian: ______________________________________

CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY
I/We certify that this entry is the original artwork or poem created by:

_______________________________________________________________________
(Name of student artist or writer)

_______________________________________________________________________
(Student’s signature)

_______________________________________________________________________
(Signature of teacher, parent or guardian)

_______________________________________________________________________
Name of teacher, parent or guardian (please print or type)

_______________________________________________________________________
Teacher’s telephone number       Teacher’s e-mail address
hone number       Teacher’s e- mail address

				
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