CHIEF JUSTICE JOHNSON ISSUES LAW DAY RESOLUTION FOR LOUISIANA STATE COURT JUDGES
Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson announced today that, in recognition of Law Day—May 1st, the Louisiana Supreme Court has issued a resolution urging all Louisiana state court judges to dedicate the month of May 2019 as a time of outreach to educate students in area schools on the court system. 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. On this 61st 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.” According to the American Bar Association, the 2019 national Law Day theme, Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society, focuses on these cornerstones of representative government and calls on us to understand and protect these rights to ensure, as the U.S. Constitution proposes, “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.”
During the month of May, the Louisiana Supreme Court will host school students who will participate in Law Day activities, which include mock trials, tours of the Royal Street courthouse, and visits to the Louisiana Supreme Court Museum and the Law Library of Louisiana. “Once a year, Law Day invites us all to intentionally consider the rule of law, the Law Day theme, what both represent and how they are related. 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 governed,” Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson stated.
Teachers or principals interested in coordinating a Louisiana Supreme Court tour or a Law Day presentation with a local judge are asked to please contact the Louisiana Supreme Court Community Relations Department at 504.310.2588 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.