Students who watch TV dramas such as "Law and Order," and think they are an accurate depiction of how the courts operate can judge for themselves as part of the sixth annual Judge for a Day program organized by the Utah State Courts.
The Judge for a Day program is offered by the state courts in recognition of Law Day, which is celebrated on May 1. Utah high schools select a student to participate in the program based on an essay, civic involvement resume, or teacher nomination letter.
Student essays are to be written about the "The Legacy of John Adams: From Boston to Guantanamo," which is the 2011 Law Day theme. The Law Day theme is selected by the American Bar Association and provides an opportunity to assess and celebrate the legacy of John Adams, explore the historical and contemporary role of lawyers in defending the rights of the accused, and renew an understanding of and appreciation for the fundamental principle of the rule of law. On May 1, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the first Law Day as a day of national dedication to the principle of government under law.
Each student selected will shadow a judge in one of the state's eight judicial districts in either April or May. The student will spend the day learning what it takes to become a judge, the duties a judge performs, and about the judicial branch of government.
Schools are asked to submit an application form by March 4, 2011 to the Utah State Court's public information officer, Nancy Volmer, at email@example.com. An application form for Law Day is available on the court's Web site at www.utcourts.gov. More information on the Law Day theme is available at www.lawday.org.