The Indiana Supreme Court has received an award from the American Bar Association for its Law Day program this year that focused on Abraham Lincoln as a lawyer. The high court received one of the three 2009 Law Day Outstanding Activity awards.
As part of the "Why Lincoln Was a Lawyer" program, judges, attorneys, paralegals, and law students visited classrooms around the state sharing Lincoln's ideas about the importance of law and its role in shaping American citizens. The program reached approximately 33,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
The May 1 Law Day classroom visits were the culmination of a yearlong project on the part of the Supreme Court's education outreach division, "Courts in the Classroom." Law Day programs across the country celebrated the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. The 2010 Law Day theme is "Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges."