CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE S. WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| APRIL 28, 2016
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 2016 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 1st to celebrate the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. The 2016 national Law Day theme is Miranda: More than Words, marking the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona which established the Miranda warning now ingrained in law enforcement.
According to Chief Justice Johnson, “During the month of May, the Louisiana Supreme Court will host school students participating in Law Day activities including: mock trials and tours of the Royal Street courthouse which include visits to the Louisiana Supreme Court Museum and the Law Library of Louisiana.”
On this 58th anniversary of Law Day, the resolution states in part that “all judges have a unique ability to educate young people about our legal system and respect for the law.” 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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