CONTACT PERSON: JUDY BOUDREAUX
| MAY 1, 2018
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 2018 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 2018 national Law Day theme is Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom, and provides
the opportunity to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose
and to consider how our governmental system works for ourselves and our posterity.
“Once a year, Law Day invites us all to intentionally consider the rule of law, the Law Day
theme, and what both represent and how they relate,” Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson
said. “Most importantly, Law Day provides students with a unique opportunity to observe the
application of the principles of law and to learn about the legal system and the legal profession.
It is imperative for young people to understand that the law is the instrument by which we are
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 60th 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, please contact the Louisiana Supreme Court Community Relations Department
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