Braden Hibler, a Grove Elementary School student, earned first place in fifth-grade art in the recent statewide Law Day Contest sponsored by the Oklahoma Bar Association. Hibler was recognized by Chief Justice Noma Gurich at a ceremony at the Oklahoma Judicial Center on April 2.

Josie Douglas of Sequoyah Elementary School earned second place in first-grade art and Nia Murimi of South Rock Creek School earned second place in second-grade writing.

Nearly students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th entered this year’s Law Day Contest, themed “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.”

“This year’s theme and its focus gave students an opportunity to learn how the First Amendment protects some of our most precious rights,” said OBA President Chuck Chesnut. “It’s inspiring to see so many students from across the state participating in this annual contest.”

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 2, 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 2, on Oklahoma’s public television station OETA. This year, the show will cover domestic/divorce issues, landlord/tenant issues and wrongful convictions.

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.