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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools

LawDay 2017Judges from Monterey County Superior Court are partnering with the Monterey County Office of Education and Hartnell College to offer 300 high school students a unique learning experience to deepen their understanding of the law. Students will partake in a full day of learning about Due Process of Law and the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.


To create learning opportunities for students to learn about Due Process and the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Target Population:

11th and 12th Grade students enrolled in U.S. Government classes from Monterey County high schools and their teachers.


Teachers of US History, Government, or Economics who wish to register their class of juniors or seniors can so do here:

Tentative Agenda – May 1st, 2017

Hartnell College



9:00 – 9:30 am

Buses Arrive and Registration Welcome

9:30 – 9:50 am

Dr. Willard Lewallen, President Hartnell College and/or
Dr. Nancy Kotowski, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools

9:50 – 10:00 am

Presiding Judge Mark E. Hood, Monterey County Superior Court

10:00 – 10:30 am

Keynote Speaker
Associate Justice Adrienne M. Grover, California's 6th District Court of Appeal

10:30 – 11:30 am

Panel Discussion 

  • District Attorney
  • Public Defender
  • Police Chief
  • Judge

Speakers will discuss Due Process and the 14th Amendment to the Constitution

11:30 – 12:00 pm

Art Contest
Announcement of Winners / Prize Presentations

12:00 – 2:00 pm

Lunch Provided (Steinbeck Hall)
College and University Resource Fair

2:00 pm

Students depart

About Law Day

In 1958, President Eisenhower proclaimed Law Day to honor the role of law in the creation of the United States of America. Three years later, Congress followed suit by passing a joint resolution establishing May 1 as Law Day.

The United State Code 36 U.S.C. § 113 reads in part:

Law Day, U.S.A., is a special day of celebration by the people of the United States—

(1) in appreciation of their liberties and the reaffirmation of their loyalty to the United States and of their rededication to the ideals of equality and justice under law in their relations with each other and with other countries; and

(2) for the cultivation of the respect for law that is so vital to the democratic way of life

The 2017 Law Day Theme — "The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy."

As we approach the 150th anniversary of the Fourteenth Amendment, the theme explores how the Citizenship, Due Process and equal Protection clauses of this transformative amendment served as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for those who advocate for equal justice under law.


Yvette Irving

Assistant Superintendent
Phone: 831.755.1405

Juanita Martinez

Executive Assistant
Phone: 831.755.6404

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