2021 Virtual Law Day Symposium
Presented by the Tulsa County Bar Foundation

9:00 AM -1:00 PM
Donations can be made by clicking here.
Proceeds benefit the Buck Colbert Franklin Legal Clinic

Law Day Theme
The American Bar Association’s theme for Law Day this year is Advancing the Rule of Law Now. The rule of law is the foundation of United States. The idea that every person is treated equally under the law and that no one is above the law. The ABA has invited local bar associations to engage in a conversation about what Advancing the Rule of Law means in their community.  The ABA asks: What is the rule of law? What is power under the rule of law? How has the rule of law shaped and sustained us? How might the rule of law shape our future? The Tulsa County Bar Association’s celebration of Law Day is two-fold. First, in our community, Tulsa is currently recognizing and commemorating 100 years since the Tulsa Race Massacre. We invite and encourage you to attend those events. But, while we, as a local community commemorate the injustice, lives, economic loss, and devastation of a community, the TCBA is also looking forward in the ways we can answer the call to defend liberty and pursue justice.  Our celebration of Law Day is also a call to action because we, as attorneys, each share the responsibility to promote the rule of law.

Symposium Session I:
Avoiding Unintentional Exclusivity: How the Language We Use Matters (Even When We Don’t Mean It That Way)
Presented by Tom Vincent II, Shareholder at GableGotwals in Tulsa, OK, and Candice Pace, Director of Development and Communications, Oklahoma Bar Foundation.
(1.5 OKMCLE Credit Hour)

Exclusion, whether intentional or unintentional, has a real effect on those being excluded. Most of us have good intentions when it comes to interacting and connecting with others from different backgrounds, but well-meaning people can participate in exclusion without realizing it. Learn to recognize why the language we use in our communications matters and how to avoid unintentional exclusivity, and how to make positive changes in your organization’s usage of language, with Tulsa attorney, Tom Vincent, from GableGotwals, and Candice Pace of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation.

Symposium Session II:
Let’s Talk About IT: Avoiding Micro-Aggressions and Managing Implicit Bias
Presented by Keith & Dana Cutler, Partners at James W. Tippin & Associates, Kansas City, MO.
(1.5 OKMCLE Credit Hour)

2020 brought to the forefront the racial challenges that the country faces, including in the legal profession. Microaggressions affect us all, but as bar members and leaders, we play a key role in addressing them. Speakers Dana and Keith Cutler, of Cutler Cultural Consulting and the Emmy-award nominated television show,Couples Court with the Cutlers, will show you how to manage our implicit biases and how to spot micro-aggressive and provide advice for how to turn microaggressions intro micro-affirmations.

Law Day Presentation
Join the TCBF Law Week Committee for its annual Liberty Bell Award, Brunton-Will CLE Award, and Sandra Day O’Connor Award announcements as well as a special presentation from Keynote Speakers, Phil Armstrong and Hannibal Johnson, Esq, from the from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission.

Law Day History

Law Day was conceived by the late Hicks Epton, a Wewoka attorney and past president of the Oklahoma Bar Association. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day nationally by presidential proclamation in 1958. On this occasion, he said, “It is fitting that the American people should remember with pride and vigilantly guard the great heritage of liberty, justice and quality under law. It is our moral and civil obligation as free men and as Americans to preserve and strengthen that great heritage.”

The first of May was set aside in 1961 by a Joint Resolution of Congress as a “special day of celebration by the American people in appreciation of their liberties and the reaffirmation of their loyalty to the United States of America” and as an occasion for “re-dedication to the ideals of equality and justice under laws.”

Since the first observance, the American Bar Association, the national voluntary organization of the legal profession, has acted as the national sponsor of Law Day. State, county and local bar associations organize individual projects throughout the country. Many national organizations also recognize Law Day, including the National Education Association, National Governors’ Association, United States Conference of Mayors, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America and civic and services clubs such as Rotary International and Kiwanis International.

In 2005, the American Bar Association honored the OBA with the Outstanding Law Day Activity Award. The theme for that year was “The American Jury: We the People in Action.” A record number of Oklahoma students — more than 2,000 — participated in various art and writing contests. Local and state government organizations encouraged citizens to recognize Law Day through various community events.

Law Day Student Contests Information

Oklahoma is keeping its tradition in celebrating Law Day in a big way. The Oklahoma Bar Association and the Tulsa County Bar Foundation have continued our annual art and writing contests for students. The 2021 theme is “Advancing the Rule of Law, Now". This reminds all of us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty, and pursue justice. The U.S. Constitution sets out a system of government with distinct and independent branches—Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court. It also defines legislative, executive, and judicial powers and outlines how they interact. These three separate branches share power, and each branch serves as a check on the power of the others. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” James Madison explained in Federalist 51. Why? Madison believed that the Constitution’s principles of separation of powers and checks and balances preserve political liberty. They provide a framework for freedom. Yet, this framework is not self-executing. We the people must continually act to ensure that our constitutional democracy endures, preserving our liberties and advancing our rights. 

For Downloadable Contest Forms please select from options below.

We know this year is filled with unique challenges and opportunities for students, but we hope you will still choose to participate in the annual TCBA Law Day Art and Writing Contest. The 2021 theme is “Advancing the Rule of Law, Now.” The TCBA Law Day contest is open to all Oklahoma students in Pre-K through 12th grade.

2021 Law Day Coloring, Art & Writing Contest Rules

2021 Law Day Entry Form

2021 Law Day Coloring Pages

2021 Writing Prompts

2021 Ruberic for Elementary Students

2021 Ruberic for Middle School Students

2021 Ruberic for High School Students

Previous (2020) Student Contest

Deadline for Submissions: April 09, 2021

Mail Entries to: Tulsa County Bar Association, 1601 S Main St, Ste 300, Tulsa, OK 74119


*source: OBA Public Outreach. For more information please click HERE.