The 36TH District Court hosted its annual Law Day Program on May 1, 2019. 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 our lives. This year’s theme was Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society, a relevant topic in a world that is changing and reflecting upon what those terms mean.
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, sparking their young minds to ask many questions relating to the law and our justice system.
Charlie Langton, Fox 2 Anchor, Reporter and Legal Analyst was the guest speaker. With his dynamic personality and extensive history in both the media and as an attorney, he proved to be the perfect speaker for this year’s theme. He 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.
Chief Judge Nancy M. Blount stated, “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.” 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,” stated Court Administrator Kelli Moore Owen. “It was extremely gratifying to see these young adults so engaged, excited and interested in the justice system.”
Congratulations to this year’s winners of the essay contest who received Amazon Gift Cards:
1st Place – Lasaundra Pressley
2nd Place – Kershey Hansknecht
3rd Place – Michael Darnell