South Rock Creek student Makena Murimi placed in the recent statewide Law Day Contest sponsored by the Oklahoma Bar Association. She earned second place in the pre-kindergarten coloring contest.

Grove Elementary student Braden Hibler also received an honorable mention for his art entry.

More than 900 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th entered this year’s Law Day Contest, themed “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.”

“This year’s theme provided an opportunity to examine the balance of power between our three branches of government,” said OBA President Kimberly Hays. “Maintaining the framework conceived by our founding fathers is essential to ensuring our freedoms, and this year the students demonstrated their understanding through their entries.”

Law Day, a nationwide event designated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, is celebrated annually with events on or around May 1 to raise public awareness of American law. The idea for Law Day was conceived by the late Hicks Epton, a Wewoka attorney and Oklahoma Bar Association past president.

As part of the Law Day celebration, Oklahoma lawyers will be available to give free legal advice on Thursday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Those in the Tulsa area may call 918-838-8770; those across the state may call 800-456-8525. Residents may also email questions to askalawyer@okbar.org. More information about Law Day is available at www.okbar.org/lawday.

Also, to celebrate Law Day, the annual Ask A Lawyer TV show will air at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, on Oklahoma’s public television station OETA. This year, the show will cover estate planning, mental health court and expungements.

The 18,000-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma's legal community.