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2013 Law Day focuses on equality

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Law Day, celebrated May 1, is a day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. President Barack Obama has issued his Law Day proclamation on this year’s theme, “Realizing the Dream: Equality of All.”

“Law Day, May 1, 2013, will provide an opportunity to explore the movement for civil and human rights in America and the impact it has had in promoting the ideal of equality under the law. It will provide a forum for reflecting on the work that remains to be done in rectifying injustice, eliminating all forms of discrimination, and putting an end to human trafficking and other violations of our basic human rights. As Rev. Dr. King pointed out in his letter from a Birmingham jail, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’” Obama said.

Since President Dwight Eisenhower established the day in 1958, every president has issued a proclamation on May 1.

Bar associations around the state celebrate Law Day. The Evansville Bar Association has a Law Week in which more than 260 students participated in mock trials and a student lunch. The Editorial Board of the Evansville Bar Association wrote two opinion pieces for the Evansville Courier & Press about Law Day, running April 28 and May 1, that looked at the struggle the U.S. has in defining equality and examined that struggle in connection with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, an issue currently before the Supreme Court of the United States.  

The Allen County Bar Association marks Law Day with an annual luncheon and presentation of the Liberty Bell Award. This year’s luncheon is May 6 and the keynote speaker is Peter Alexander, dean of the Indiana Tech Law School.

Dr. Saneta Maiko, executive director of Crime Victim Care of Allen County will receive the award. He established the nonprofit agency in 2005 to bring wholeness to immigrants and refugee families who experience brokenness due to violence, crime, mental health issues, addictions, abuse and neglect. Maiko is an immigrant from Kenya.

 

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  1. Your article is a good intro the recent amendments to Fed.R.Civ.P. For a much longer - though not necessarily better -- summary, counsel might want to read THE CHIEF UMPIRE IS CHANGING THE STRIKE ZONE, which I co-authored and which was just published in the January issue of THE VERDICT (the monthly publication of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association).

  2. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  3. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

  4. I would like to try to find a lawyer as soon possible I've had my money stolen off of my bank card driver pressed charges and I try to get the information they need it and a Social Security board is just give me a hold up a run around for no reason and now it think it might be too late cuz its been over a year I believe and I can't get the right information they need because they keep giving me the runaroundwhat should I do about that

  5. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

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