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News 7.1.11

DWMK's Annie Murphy Organizes Law Day in Mesa County Schools

by Annie Murphy
Law Day was celebrated nationwide during the first week of May 2010, and DWMK did its part to bring Law Day to Mesa County students. Following the Law Day theme, Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges, the Mesa County Bar Association reached several hundred students in the local elementary and middle schools. In the schools, the local bar association offered volunteer attorneys the opportunity to speak in Grand Valley classrooms.

The three DWMK associates, Jenna Keller, Willie DeFord, and Annie Murphy, participated in this year's Mesa County Law Day. Annie Murphy presented a lesson on the topic of illegal downloading to two eighth grade middle school computer classes at Grand Mesa Middle School. The students were led in a practice of interpreting a law and applying it to various scenarios. Jenna Keller presented a similar lesson and introduced the basics of copyright law to two sixth grade computer classes at Mt. Garfield Middle School.

Willie DeFord presented to a fifth grade class at Fruitvale Elementary about the importance of rules and the rule of law. DeFord opened his lesson by playing a recording of noisy free jazz—"The Wizard" by Albert Alyer. The students then engaged in a discussion about how rules make music sound nice, make games more fun, and help people cooperate.

In 1958 President Dwight Eisenhower established Law Day as "a day of national dedication to the principle of government under law." Commemorated annually since that date, Law Day programs are conducted throughout the country by bar associations, courts, schools, and civic groups.

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