WAXAHACHIE — The Ellis County Bar Association is sponsoring a Law Day Contest for Ellis County students in grades K through 12. Students are invited to submit original posters, photographs, or editorials in response to the 2017 Law Day theme: "Why should all people receive 'equal protection of the laws?'"

Each year, Law Day is celebrated nationally on May 1 to honor the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in this democracy and the importance of jury service to maintaining the integrity of the courts.

The theme for 2017 provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the 14th Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Through its Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses, this transformative amendment advanced the rights of all Americans. It also played a pivotal role in extending the reach of the Bill of Rights to the states.

Ratified during Reconstruction a century and a half ago, the 14th Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under the law.

For more information, see our website at www.EllisCountyBar.org or www.TexasBar.com/lawday or contact the Ellis County Bar Association at ECBA@EllisCountyBar.org or 972-937-0200.