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    Jan. 19, 2011 – The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) seeks volunteers to speak in K-12 classrooms statewide from April 25 to May 6. The 2011 Law Day theme, “The Legacy of John Adams: From Boston to Guantanamo,” provides an opportunity to assess and celebrate the legacy of President Adams, explore the historical and contemporary role of lawyers in defending the rights of the accused, and renew our understanding of and appreciation for the fundamental principle of the rule of law.

    “Law Day benefits students, volunteers, and the community,” says Jill Kastner, President of the YLD. “Not only are students educated about our legal system, but they get the opportunity to have a positive experience with an attorney.” This is the fourth year the YLD is sponsoring Law Day activities in classrooms around the state. “This year, we are excited to introduce a Law Day YouTube Video Contest for students as well.”

    Classroom volunteers. The YLD will provide age-appropriate curriculum to educate students about our great legal system and about the legal profession. Volunteers will be assigned to K-12 classrooms statewide.

    Law Day video contest. In addition to the traditional Law Day celebrations, the YLD is sponsoring a Law Day YouTube Video Contest for students in grades K-12. The contest will ask students to submit videos on this year’s Law Day theme. Participants will post their videos to YouTube and submit the link and other application forms to the State Bar of Wisconsin. Winners will be announced on April 27, and awards will be presented as part of the YLD Law Day celebration

    Find out more about this year’s Law Day theme.

    For more information on classroom volunteering or the Law Day YouTube video contest, please email com LawDayWI gmail gmail LawDayWI com.