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Gig Harbor Law Day 2015


Gig Harbor Municipal Court is pleased to announce 2015's Law Day theme:

Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law 

This year marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, also known as the Great Charter of Liberties.  This document has come to embody a simple but enduring truth: No one, no matter how powerful, is above the law.  Since Magna Carta was sealed in 1215, it has served as an inspiration for many basic rights Americans hold dear today, including trial by jury, freedom of speech, right to travel and due process.  Essentially, Magna Carta has paved the way for democracy as we know it.

We hope this year's Law Day theme will inspire participants to create their choice of an essay or poster that answers this essential question: WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO YOU?


Please submit your entry with the REGISTRATION FORM by Friday, April 24th, 2015 to Gig Harbor Municipal Court.  All entries will be displayed at the Civic Center from April 24th to May 1st.

  • Only 1 entry per student (submit your choice of an ESSAY or POSTER)
  • Registration form must be attached to your entry upon submission
  • Essays must not exceed more than 300 words
  • Posters must be on paper no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches, no computer imaging
  • Entries are due no later than April 24th, 2015 by 4:30 pm at Gig Harbor Municipal Court
  • This year's topic:  WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO YOU?


Essays will be judged based on their creativity, insightfulness, effort and topic knowledge. 

Posters will be judged based on their creativity, originality, topic knowledge and ability to convey the intended message.       


We invite you to join us at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 1st for light refreshments and announcement of the winning contestants.  The winning prizes include Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablets with keyboards, cash prizes and gift certificates!



"Magna Carta has risen above its uncertain beginnings.  It has been a crucial influence on the development of the rule of law, first in England and then around the world."
-Sandra Day O'Oconnor (Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law, 2015, p 11)


"Centuries ago, when kings, emperors, and warlords reigned over much of the world, it was the English who first spelled out the rights and liberties of man in the Magna Carta."
-Barack Obama (Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law, 2015, p10)

"Magna Carta has had a profound effect on popular culture, King John, his discontented barons, and the Great Charter remain well-known even as other aspects of English medieval history have faded into comparative obscurity.  Magna Carta continues to transcend its times."
-Carolyn Harris (Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law, 2015, p 11)


"Our later freedoms were gestating in the [Great] Charter.  Establish the rule of law- the idea that the authorities can't make up the rules as they go along- and everything else will eventually follow."
-Daniel Hannan (Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law, 2015, p10)