By: Veronica Henderson, Attorney
During the week of May 1, 2017, many legal communities will come together in celebration of Law Day. In Imperial County, it will be celebrated on Thursday May 4th, from 4 PM to 6 PM, on the grounds of the Imperial County Courthouse, located at 939 W. Main Street in El Centro.
Law Day, held annually, is a national day that is set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share, and also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in a constitutional democracy.
Each year, a theme is chosen. This year, the national theme is “The Fourteenth Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.” The 2017 theme provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Through its citizenship, due process, and equal protection clauses, this transformative amendment advances the rights of all.
However, in Imperial County, there will be an added focus on “The Community of Law: Bringing the Community Together to Do Justice.” It will be a great opportunity for community members to learn about the various departments and functions of the court, as well as about the services provided by justice partners and community organizations. There will be many events for children, including the unique opportunity to have pictures taken dressed as a judge on the bench, tours of the courthouse, and plenty of free hot dogs, snow cones, and kettle corn.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to get free legal advice from local attorneys, and the clerk’s office as well as the Access Center will be open late to assist people with their legal needs.
We hope that all the members of our bi-national community will attend Law day on May 4th!