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Sponsored by The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section

For Law Day 2018, The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section (YLS) is sponsoring an art contest for Missouri elementary school students. This year’s theme is Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.


One of the most important ideas in our United States Constitution is Separation of Powers, the principle that no single part of our government should have all the power. Instead, the power of the government is to be divided among three branches: the legislative branch, the executive branch and the judicial branch.

  • What does the Separation of Powers look like on paper?
  • How does separating the power of government ultimately protect the people?
  • Is it fair for only one person to make a decision for an entire group of people?
  • Imagine your class is divided into three groups. Now imagine that only one group could decide what the entire class will do. Would that be fair?
  • How would you feel if someone else always told you what you could do?
  • How would you feel if the United States had a king instead of a president?

Contest rules

The art contest has two divisions: Kindergarten-Grade 2 and Grades 3-5. All mediums of art will be accepted, including pencil drawings, water colors, oil paints, pen and ink, etc. Entries should be no smaller than 8″ x 10″ and no larger than a standard poster board.

  • Entries must be received by March 2, 2018.
  • Please include the entry form on the back of the entry.
    (Download a PDF of the entry form here.)
  • Entries are limited to one per student in each contest.
  • Entries will not be returned unless requested prior.

All entries will be judged based on originality and interpretation of the theme. Winners will be announced by March 15. The winners and their teachers will be honored at The Missouri Bar Outstanding Citizens luncheon on April 16. The winning entries will be posted on The Missouri Bar’s website. Winning entries also will receive a certificate. All teachers who have their classes participate in the art contest will be entered into a drawing for gift certificates.

Mail entries to:

The Missouri Bar
Law Day Art Contest
Attn: Dr. Anthony Simones
P.O. Box 119
326 Monroe (for UPS or FED X)
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Questions should be directed to Tony Simones, Director of Citizenship Education for The Missouri Bar at tsimones@mobar.org.

Past Law Day Art Contests

2016 Law Day Art Contest

2015 Law Day Art Contest

2014 Law Day Art Contest

2013 Law Day Art Contest

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