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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. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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