CONTACT PERSON: ROBERT GUNN
COMMUNITY RELATIONS DEPARTMENT
| MAY 15, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson welcomed 102 students from two New Orleans area schools to the Louisiana Supreme Court to take part in the Court’s Law Day 2017 activities.
On Tuesday, May 2, 75 students from Lafayette Charter Academy toured the court and sat in on oral argument in the Supreme Court courtroom. On Wednesday, May 3, 27 students from St. Katharine Drexel also were able to observe the Supreme Court in action and tour the court.
Prior to oral argument, the students met with Chief Justice Johnson, who welcomed them to the court. After watching the oral argument take place, the students had the opportunity to visit the Louisiana Supreme Court Museum and tour the Law Library of Louisiana, where they learned about the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.
“As a number of courts do across the state, the Louisiana Supreme Court enjoys hosting students every year for Law Day activities,” said Chief Justice Johnson. “I believe that educating these young men and women about the valuable work of our judges statewide and here at the Supreme Court helps better prepare them as they move towards becoming young adults.”
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 2017 national Law Day theme is The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy, and provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society.
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 504.310.2588.
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