MSBA celebrated Law Day 2009 on May 13 with a Law in Your Daily Life public education conference featuring volunteer attorneys and 170 teachers and students from schools across the state. This event, designed to showcase how the law actually does impact young people’s daily lives, complements President Katherine Kelly Howard’s Positive Messaging video competition this year, inspiring young people to think about the law-related decisions they make everyday and capture them in a YouTube video. A total of 10 video submissions were received, and all premiered at the Law Day conference before the winners were announced.
The MSBA Public Awareness Committee, in conjunction with the Citizenship Law-Related Education Committee, presented this student/teacher/lawyer conference to give participants a basic working knowledge of the law. Through the daylong public education workshop, young people learned the importance of making intelligent, law-abiding decisions that affect their lives so they may attain a better understanding of, and a deeper appreciation for, their legal rights.
The Honorable Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, served as the keynote speaker of the Law Day program, held at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center in Towson, Maryland. The gathering gave young people the opportunity to engage in special interest sessions focused on the law and young people’s lives. These sessions, featuring volunteer lawyer and judge speakers, gave teachers and students the opportunity to explore everything from the juvenile and adult justice system, school law, health law, family law and Internet usage to social media venues such as Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and more.
One of the highlights of the conference was the preview of the 10 YouTube videos, and participants had the opportunity to vote for their favorite for the “people’s choice” award. The contest winners were honored with cash prizes, and will be honored again at MSBA’s Annual Meeting in Ocean City next month.