31st District Court Law Day 2015

On Friday, May 8, 2015, the 31st District Court was temporarily transformed into an art gallery featuring pieces of art depicting some of America’s most iconic national symbols. As part of Law Day 2015, the Court hosted thirty sixth-grade students from Dickinson East Elementary School for a field trip and an art contest. The students were asked to create a piece of art incorporating this year’s Law Day theme, Symbols of Freedom Under the Law, and also write a brief paragraph explaining the importance of the symbol they selected. The 31st District Court staff voted on the submissions, and the top five entries received a prize and a certificate of recognition.

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower designated May 1 as Law Day. According to the State Bar of Michigan web site, Law Day “is an opportunity to strengthen our great American heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law.” To that end, courts, schools, local bar associations, and other organizations create events and activities to emphasize the importance of the rule of law in our free society. This year’s art contest is a continuation of the 31st District Court’s tradition of coordinating with local schools to celebrate Law Day.  

During the field trip, the students had an opportunity to see their art on display at the Courthouse, and Chief Judge Paul Paruk led a discussion on symbols of freedom that ranged from national icons like the American flag and the Statue of Liberty, to more local variations, such as churches, mosques, and the 31st District Courthouse itself. 

L to R: Judge Paruk, Nuha Ahmed, Asha Hossain, Shazana Begum, Taisir Kassem, Malak Ali and Kathleen NolanAfter the discussion, Judge Paruk took questions from the students and then announced the art contest winners, and presented the winning students with their prizes. The winners are as follows: First Place – Asha Hossain, Second Place (tie) – Taisir Kassem and Nuha Ahmed, Fourth Place – Shazana Begum, and Fifth Place – Malak Ali. The students’ art will remain on display for the remainder of the week for anyone wishing to see it.