Minnesota to mark Law Day with celebrations, events across the state
Posted: Monday, April 17, 2017
For more than 50 years, the United States has recognized May 1 as Law Day, a national day to celebrate how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share. For Law Day 2017, the American Bar Association has selected the theme of “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy,” which explores how the citizenship, due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th
Amendment to the United States Constitution advanced the rights of all Americans.
In honor of Law Day, courts across Minnesota are partnering with local justice system partners to sponsor law day events for the public and students. These events are designed to showcase the work of Minnesota’s courts, and educate the public about the work of judges, attorneys, law enforcement, and citizens in administering the state’s justice system. Several of those events are highlighted below:
Stearns County (St. Cloud, MN)
April 28, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
In St. Cloud, the public is invited to visit the Stearns County Courthouse as part of an “Open Courthouse” event on April 28. The event will feature a special appearance by Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea, along with guided courthouse tours, a justice system information fair, and informational displays on Stearns County history and the 14th
Amendment. More information is available at www.mncourts.gov/StearnsOpenHouse
Anoka County (Anoka, MN)
April 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Anoka County will celebrate Law Day on April 28, with an event featuring free legal advice clinics, an information fair, and guided tours of the Anoka County Courthouse and Government Center in downtown Anoka. More information is available at www.mncourts.gov/AnokaLawDay2017
Wright County (Buffalo, MN)
May 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In Buffalo, local justice system partners will offer free legal advice clinics and presentations on emerging criminal justice issues for members of the public at the Wright County Government Center on Monday, May 1. More information is available at www.mncourts.gov/wrightcountylawday2017
Hennepin County (Minneapolis, MN)
May 1, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
On May 1, Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District is partnering with the Hennepin County Bar Association and Hennepin County Law Library to cosponsor a panel discussion on “The Necessity of Interrupting Implicit Bias in the Courtroom to Ensure the Full Operation for the 14th
Amendment,” moderated by Fourth Judicial District Judge Tanya Bransford. The event will be held at the Hennepin County Bar Association offices in Minneapolis and registration is required. More information and registration is available at www.hcba.org
Northwest Minnesota (Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Roseau counties)
Week of May 1 to May 5
The four counties that make up the northwest corner of Minnesota - Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, and Roseau – are partnering with their local school districts to offer courthouse tours for students, which will feature the opportunity to meet judges, learn about how the court system works, and take part in a mini-mock trial. More than 400 students are expected to take part in tours in the first week of May.
Winona County (Winona, MN)
May 4 and 5
On May 4 and 5, Winona County District Court will host eight area schools at the courthouse. Students will observe mock trials, meet judges, observe court administration, and speak with the Winona County Attorney and local law enforcement officials.
Pine County (Pine City, MN)
April 18, May 16
On April 18, Pine County District Court will host Student Government Day with East Central schools 9th
-grade students. Judge Krista Martin will present a Law Day program in the courtroom during the visit. On May 16, Judge Krista Martin with be making a Law Day presentation to the Pine County Board of Commissioners and the public in attendance at the Board meeting.
“This Law Day, courthouses across Minnesota are opening their doors to the public, and inviting citizens and students to learn more about how judges, attorneys, and law enforcement work together to peacefully resolve disputes and keep our communities safe,” said Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea, who will speak at the Stearns County Law Day event on April 28. “Many of these events will also provide Minnesotans the opportunity to take part in free legal service clinics, and to learn about the programs and services that are available to them through the courts and other justice system partners. The justice system belongs to the people, and we want Law Day to be an opportunity for all Minnesotans to celebrate and recognize the important role the justice system plays in our lives.”
About Law Day
Law Day is a national day to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day was first established in 1958 through a proclamation by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Congress passed a joint resolution designating May 1 as Law Day, U.S.A., in 1961. More information on Law Day is available at the Law Library of Congress’ website
. More information on the 2017 Law Day theme is available on the American Bar Association website