CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| APRIL 16, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson announced today, in recognition of Law Day—May 1st, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued a resolution urging all Louisiana state court judges to dedicate the month of May 2013 to reaching out to schools to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the law, the role of judges, and the court system from members of the judiciary.
Law Day was established in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to strengthen our heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law. In 1961, Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day. Every president since then has issued a Law Day proclamation on May 1 to celebrate the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. The 2013 national Law Day theme is Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.
According to the Chief Justice Johnson, “During the month of May, the Louisiana Supreme Court will host hundreds of school students participating in Law Day activities including: mock trials and tours of the Royal Street courthouse which include visits to the Law Museum of Louisiana and the Law Library of Louisiana.”
Additionally, the Law Library and the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society are co-sponsoring Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: How the Commander in Chief Created a New Birth of Freedom, Thursday, May 2, 2013, from 12 P.M. - 1 P.M. in the Supreme Court courtroom. The program is free, open to the public, and counts as one hour of CLE credit for lawyers who attend.
Teachers or principals interested in coordinating a Louisiana Supreme Court tour or a Law Day
presentation with a local judge, contact the Louisiana Supreme Court Community Relations Department at 504.310.2590.
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