The Law Day Conference annually brings together 600 high school students, judges, attorneys, and teachers to discuss and debate topical legal and social issues of relevance to the student demographic. Past topics include privacy and social media, trying juveniles as adults, and legal issues involving police confrontations.
Law Day 2022
This year’s Law Day will be a series of panel discussions featuring the topics below. CRF-OC will release the video recordings of the discussions to registered schools in early March so they can use them on-demand in the classroom when it is most convenient for teachers. To receive the recordings, teachers should submit the registration form below.
CRF-OC wants your input! Students can submit their questions to the panelists using the form below.
Law Day 2022 Topics
Topic 1: Impact Litigation
Impact litigation is the strategic use of legal action to bring social change. The strategy has been used by all ends of the political spectrum to achieve large-scale societal change. Well-known examples include Brown v. Board of Education and the more recent Obergefell v. Hodges, which gave same sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states. What are the issues associated with using this strategy to enact change? Is it fair that some outcomes seem predetermined depending on which court the case is filed in? Social change through voting requires much larger numbers of participants in the decision, but changes through impact litigation involve a small handful of judges, lawyers and jury members. Is there tension between those two processes?
Topic 2: NCAA Reform
The topic of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) reform has been in the news lately with the recent decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in NCAA v. Alston (2021), which ruled that limits to educational benefits in scholarships for college players violated antitrust laws. Shortly after the decision, the NCAA announced that college athletes can profit off of their names, images and likeness. What other reforms are being proposed and how will they impact college athletes and universities (both big and small)?
Topic 3: Is Big Tech Too Big? What About Antitrust Laws?
Companies like Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook (Meta) are so large that they exceed the entire size of some countries’ economies. Are they too big and do they have too much power? Is competition stifled because of their dominance? Do current antitrust laws do enough? What about the new reform bills proposed by Congress?
To sponsor Law Day or for more information contact CRF-OC Program Manager Theresa Bernard