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2018 Press Releases

CONTACT PERSON: JUDY BOUDREAUX

(504) 310-2590

 

 MAY 11, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson hosted students from L.B. Landry-O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High School, and McDonogh 35 Senior High School at the Louisiana Supreme Court building in observance of Law Day, a national day set aside annually to celebrate the rule of law. Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom, was the theme for the 60th observance of Law Day.


Established in 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower who was motivated to highlight the American governmental system, the Constitution and the inherent freedoms it subscribes to, Law Day is celebrated annually on May 1.


Nearly 70 students sat in on oral arguments before the Supreme Court on May 1. Immediately after, law clerks fielded questions from the teens regarding the case. They also toured the Louisiana Supreme Court Museum and Law Library of Louisiana, which featured new displays on the three branches of government, and some had an audience with the Chief Justice.


“The theme of the day is very timely,” said Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson. “Citizens of the United States are more in tune with what is happening in America with regard to government, policy and law-making than any other time in history. The Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom encapsulates the U.S. government model that compartmentalizes the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Each branch has distinct responsibilities to maintain a balance of power, and underscores the mantra-- no one is above the law,” said Chief Justice Johnson.


The American Bar Association declares the Law Day theme annually. Law Day activities are planned to encourage Americans to reacquaint themselves with the Constitution, to encourage careers in the legal profession and government buildings are encouraged to raise the American flag.

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Nicholas Grest speaks to L.B. Landry-O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High School, and McDonogh 35 Senior High School students. Law Clerks, Gary Johnson and Nicholas Grest answer questions asked by L.B. Landry-O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High School, and McDonogh 35 Senior High School students.
L.B. Landry-O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High School students visit the Louisiana Supreme Court Museum. McDonogh 35 Senior High School students with teacher and LASC staff on steps of the Louisiana Supreme Court building.
Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson with L.B. Landry-O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory students in the Louisiana Supreme Courtroom.  


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