The Law Day 2012 theme “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom,” which underscores the importance for courts to be operable and appropriately funded, has been a catalyst for many organizations around the nation to take action in support of the cause and educate youth about court systems and their role in our constitutional democracy.
From coast to coast people are invested in hosting activities that convey the dire straits that many court systems are operating within. The Bar Association of San Francisco spearheaded a rally on the steps of City Hall on April 18, 2012 attended by several hundred lawyers, judges, court workers and residents of the area. California Attorney General Kamala Harris spoke of the event saying that “Courts are vital to ensure that every voice is heard and has equal weight." The efforts by rally participants in San Francisco garnered media attention and were reported on by ABC 7 news. On May 8, a California Chief Justice is joining forces with area bar leaders to deliver a public address on the role of the courts in ensuring access to justice for all Americans. ABA leaders and members are encouraged to attend. On the east coast, lawyers and judges from the Massachusetts Bar Association have pledged to visit classrooms throughout the month of May beyond just May 1, to connect with students and help convey the critical role that the legal system plays in our everyday lives. Legal professionals in Hawaii and the U.S. Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands have also gotten involved with Law Day. As have many states to expose the deficiencies in court resources. View a listing of activities taking place in your state.
American Bar Association President, Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson, III and National Law Day 2012 Chair, Mark Agrast encourage you to get involved this Law Day. It’s not too late to be apart of this important cause. Tell us about the activities you have planned for Law Day and it will be highlighted on the Events page of the Law Day website at www.lawday.org. Please keep responses to a maximum of 250 words.
Don’t forget the Law Day 2012 Planning Guide has a wealth of resources and products to help your Law Day program be a success.