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Law Day Live History

September 2009 - Organizers begin planning for Law Day 2010. An internet-based webinar is suggested linking four Nevada high schools together into a general discussion about the law.

October 2009 - Technical planning begins.

January 2010 - Educational planning begins. Topics concerning cyberbullying, sexting, and Internet piracy are suggested. 

February 2010 - Technical planning indicates 4 remote locations can be combined into one webinar feed using remote-controlled cameras and dedicated Internet connections. 

March 2010 - Intermountain West Communications agrees to provide public service announcements in Elko, Las Vegas, and Reno. The company also plans a week-long series of stories to air in Elko, Las Vegas, and Reno about cyberbullying, piracy, and sexting.

April 2010 - Remote location testing results in a combined feed. 

May 2010 - Law Day Live results in a two-hour interactive webinar linking students from four Nevada courtrooms and schools together. 

June 2010 - Organizers meet to discuss Law Day Live and review technical, education, and participation outcomes. The program was determined a success. 

July 2010 - Organizers determine Law Day Live will return in 2011. 

September 2010 - Organizers plan Law Day Live 2011 with the theme of the Legacy of John Adams focused on the Writ of Habeas Corpus. 

November 2010 - Organizers reach out to the producer of The Response, an Academy Award Short List film exploring the Combatant Status Review Tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 

December 2010 - Writer/Producer Sig Libowitz agrees to participate in Law Day Live. Educational planning begins. 

January 2011 - Technical planning begins exploring a link to remote sites in Nevada and New York City. 

February 2011 - Remote testing establishes a combined webinar with five locations. 

February 2011 - Intermountain West Communications produces PSAs for broadcast in Elko, Las Vegas, and Reno.

March 2011 - Education planning complete. Clark County School District History Teacher Jeff Hinton (2013 Teacher of the Year) agrees to great students dressed as John Adams. 

April 2011 - Jeff Hinton, dressed as John Adams, appears on Las Vegas news programs to discuss the upcoming Law Day Live. 

May 2011 - Law Day Live features The Response and links students with Sig Libowitz, writer/producer, to discuss issues of attorney representation, habeas corpus, and the suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 

June 2011 - Organizers review technical, education, and participation outcomes of Law Day Live. 

October 2011 - Law Day Live organizers agree to host a third program looking at the issue of privacy. 

January 2012 - Educational programming begins. 

February 2012 - Intermountain West Communications produces PSAs for broadcast in Elko, Las Vegas, and Reno.

February 2012 - Remote location testing begins. 

March 2012 - Education programming delivered to Nevada teachers. 

May 2012 - Law Day Live includes features the Nevada case Hibel v. Nevada, which was considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Students interact with key participants in the Hibel case. 

June 2012 - Organizers decided to change Law Day Live in 2013 to allow students to present oral arguments before the Nevada Supreme Court. Actual court cases will be presented with appellants and respondents making arguments in the courtroom. 

September 2012 - Organizers begin planning the new format and determining who will participate. It is decided teams from three schools will present oral arguments.

October 2012 - Students at Canyon Springs High School in Las Vegas, Damonte Ranch in Reno, and Lowry High School in Winnemucca, will participate in the oral arguments. 

November 2012 - Educational programming begins. A theme of Equality is chosen and the following cases are selected: the Arizona immigration law challenge, the University of Texas admissions quota system, and the Pennsylvania voter identification law. 

December 2012 - Case briefing sheets are prepared and coaching teams are selected. 

January 2013 - Students begin reviewing selected cases and preparing briefs for submittal to the Supreme Court.

February 2013 - Students begin meeting with coaches to prepare oral arguments. 

February 2013 - Technical testing of the remote locations begins.

February 2013 - Justice Nancy Saitta visits students at Canyon Springs High School and Damonte Ranch High School to talk about preparations for Law Day Live.

March 2013 - Intermountain West Communications produces PSAs for broadcast in Elko, Las Vegas, and Reno.

March 2013 - VegasPBS agrees to assist with broadcasting Law Day Live to Clark County School District classrooms.

April 2013 - Students submit briefing documents to the Supreme Court of Nevada.

April 2013 - Law Day Live featured on VegasPBS Inside Education program.

May 2013 - Law Day Live features students making oral arguments before the Nevada Supreme Court on cases affecting the fight for equality. Students watching the live webinar ask questions about the cases, the deliberative process, and the law.

July 2013 - Organizers meet to review the Law Day Live program. The oral argument format was considered a success. Law Day Live to return in 2014.

October 2013 - Organizers meet to discuss a theme for Law Day Live. The 2014 program will feature voting rights.

November 2013 - Educational programming begins. Historical cases argued before the U.S. Supreme Court affecting voting rights are selected for student oral arguments.

December 2013 - Coaching teams are recruited to assist students in preparing briefing sheets and oral arguments.

January 2014 - Six student teams are selected to present oral arguments as appellants and respondents. Three historic voting rights cases are selected: Minor v. Happersett, Oregon v. Mitchell, and Shelby County v. Holder.

January 2014 - Intermountain West Communications produces PSAs for broadcast in Elko, Las Vegas, and Reno.

February 2014 - Students begin reviewing selected cases and preparing briefs for submittal to the Supreme Court.

February 2014 - Technical testing begins to link four locations. Vegas PBS agrees to broadcast Law Day Live to Clark County School District classrooms.

March 2014 - Students begin meeting with coaches to prepare oral arguments.

April 2014 - Students submit briefing documents to the Supreme Court of Nevada.

May 2014 - Students present oral arguments before the Supreme Court of Nevada. Students around the state ask questions about the cases, the deliberative process, and the law.

July 2014 - Organizers agree to suspend planning activities for Law Day Live.