Virginia Beach library gets national acclaim for playing with the law

A Virginia Beach law library received some national recognition for cutting loose with some bingo and “Jeopardy!”

The Wahab Public Law Library will receive the American Bar Association’s 2015 Outstanding Activity Award in February for best theme interpretation for Law Day, according to the city manager’s weekly update.

The accolade is allocated based on libraries’ efforts to educate students on and beyond Law Day, which is May 1.

This year’s theme for the day was : “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law.” The Beach library hosted law bingo and law “Jeopardy!” and invited a Virginia Beach Circuit Court judge to speak to students, according to the update.

The library is on the ground floor of the city’s Judicial Center. It will be honored in San Francisco at the ABA’s February midyear meeting and will be awarded a plaque and a $250 prize.

Submissions were judged on the following criteria:

  • How well the activity expanded public awareness of the rule of law.
  • How well the entry highlighted the 2015 Law Day theme, “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law”.
  • Whether there was an appropriate audience and how well the program engages the target audience(s).
  • How well the program forged partnerships with community groups, schools and the legal community.
  • Quality and innovation of the program.
  • Whether or not there is an impact beyond Law Day.


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