The Seventh Annual Law Day Yosemite was held on Friday, May 3, 2019, at Half Dome Village (formerly known as Curry Village) in Yosemite Valley. 

President Eisenhower set May 1 as Law Day to celebrate the rule of law and equal rights. Courts and bar associations across the country now participate in the observance, which generally occurs over several weeks in April and May.

The 2019 Law Day Yosemite included an essay contest for grammar school students. The theme, The 4th Amendment in the 21st Century Digital Age, focused on free speech and free press. In the United States and around the world, freedom of speech and the press are among the most important foundations for a free society. Free speech and free press are prominent topics in public discourse and litigation. It is impossible to imagine a free society without these individual liberties, yet historical and current debates surrounding them continually challenge us to consider their boundaries and resilience. Changes in technology have reshaped how free speech and free press work in the everyday world.

Students from Coarsegold Elementary, Florin High School, Fresno Soul (School of Unlimited Learning), Greeley Hill Elementary, Mariposa Elementary, Oak Creek Elementary, Rivergold, Tenaya (Groveland), Woodland Elementary School (Mariposa), and Yosemite Valley / El Portal Elementary School are registered for the essay contest. Their compositions will be judged for understanding of the subject, originality of thought, argumentation and organization.

The essay winners for Law Day Yosemite 2019 are:

2nd Runner Up - Eva-Kalei Peterson from Rivergold
1st Runner Up - Sophie Blanchette from Woodland Elementary
Essay Winner - Marion Sberna from El Portal Elementary



Law Day Yosemite 2019 was led by Master of Ceremonies, the Honorable Judge Jeremy Peterson. Our keynote speaker this year was Antigone Peyton who leads the Intellectual Property and Technology Law practice at Protorae Law in the Washington, DC area. Click here for a brief bio on Ms. Peyton. Ms. Peyton presented on privacy rights and cell phones, a topic of particular relevance to students.


Law Day Yosemite is sponsored by the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, in conjunction with the Park Concessionaire, Yosemite Hospitality LLC, Yosemite Conservancy, and the National Park Service. For more information, please contact Carol Moses, or call (559) 449-9069.