Law Day Art Contest 2015: 75th Anniversary of the Missouri Plan

Sponsored by The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section

The Missouri Non Partisan Court PlanFor Law Day, May 1, 2015, The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section is sponsoring an art contest for Missouri elementary school students. The theme for Law Day 2015 is “Fair and Impartial Courts,” commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan, commonly called the Missouri Plan.

The Missouri Plan has served as a national model for the selection of judges and has been adopted in more than 30 states. The merit-based system, adopted by Missouri voters in 1940, helps ensure a fair and impartial justice system by keeping politics and money out of our courts. Click here to learn more about the Missouri Plan.

The role of judges in the courtroom can be compared to the role of referees or umpires at a ballgame. When we play sports, we want the referee or umpire to come to the game without favoring one side over the other, just like we want the judge to only consider the facts and the rule of law in any cases before the court. Check out this Missouri Bar video about how the role of judges and referees are similar.


The Missouri Bar encourages educators, parents and others to have students participate in this fun, educational contest. All Missouri schools are encouraged to dive into the theme and discover our common heritage of justice under the rule of law. Winners will receive awards and prizes! Teachers whose students participate in the contest will also have a chance to enter into a drawing for gift certificates.

What are you waiting for? Free your imagination and enter the contest now! Here’s how you can get started:

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