36th District Court celebrates Law Day

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Photo by John Meiu
 

The 36th District Court hosted its annual Law Day Program May 1. Law Day is a nationwide event designated by the U.S. Congress in 1961 to raise public awareness of American law and justice and their valuable impact on people’s lives. The theme this year was “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.”

Students from Martin Luther King, Jr. High School participated in the event, which included an essay contest, mock trial, lunch with the judges and courtroom observations. The question and answer session allowed the students to interact and speak freely with judges.

Charlie Langton, Fox 2 anchor, reporter and legal analyst was the guest speaker. Langton  challenged the students to think before posting on Facebook and to consider whether something posted could be irresponsible or even illegal. A lively discussion analyzed how one should take these factors into account while still exercising their rights under the First Amendment.

“There is nothing more rewarding than to spend time with the young people in our community and introduce them to the law, the justice system, and our court, the ‘People’s Court,’” said Chief Judge Nancy M. Blount.  “Being a positive influence, sharing our love of the law, and inspiring young minds are important parts of our obligations as public servants.”

“We are so pleased with the success of our Law Day celebration. The MLK students, Charlie Langton, and the attorneys and Judges who assisted during the program were outstanding,” said Court Administrator Kelli Moore Owen. “It was extremely gratifying to see these young adults so engaged, excited and interested in the justice system.”

This year’s winners of the essay contest and recipients of Amazon Gift Cards were Lasaundra Pressley (first place); Kershey Hansknecht (second place); and Michael Darnell (third place).
 

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