May Day Celebration of Lincoln's "Legacy of Liberty"

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From the Nevada Supreme Court:

In celebration of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth in 1809, the Nevada Judiciary and the State Bar of Nevada have scheduled a series of forums and town hall meetings across Nevada for Law Day.

The American Bar Association has set "A Legacy of Liberty" as the theme for this year's Law Day.

Law Day officially falls on May 1, but the number of scheduled events makes it necessary to hold the activities both before and after that date.

"Celebrating Lincoln's legacy requires more than one day," said Nevada Supreme Court Justice Nancy Saitta, who chairs the court's Judicial Public Information Committee.  "This year, in particular, we should have Law Month."

As part of the celebration, the Supreme Court will present its first annual Legacy of Justice award to a member of the judiciary whose contributions have promoted progress and excellence in the court system.  The award will be presented May 1 at noon on the north steps of the Regional Justice Center in downtown Las Vegas.

Judges and attorneys will conduct programs with students at three Las Vegas schools and at town hall meetings in Carson City and Reno.

The Carson City town hall meeting will be in the courtroom at the Nevada Supreme Court and include Justices Nancy Saitta, Mark Gibbons and Michael Cherry plus Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.  The hour-long session will be streamed live over the Court's website, www.nevadajudiciary.us.

"Lincoln's legacy began with his skills as a lawyer, but he became the president who united a nation and fought for justice during a fragile and turbulent time," said Chief Justice James W. Hardesty.  "As we struggle through another turbulent time, Lincoln's commitment to liberty and justice can once again inspire us."

"I encourage everyone to focus on Lincoln's 'Legacy of Liberty' not only on Law Day, but throughout the year," Chief Justice Hardesty said.

Justice Saitta said the judiciary and the State Bar of Nevada decided to take programs to the schools because "it is important for our young people to realize the affect Abraham Lincoln had on our nation and our constitutional democracy."

"We are excited for this opportunity to provide programs on such a rich and resonant Law Day theme - A Legacy of Liberty," Justice Saitta said.

LAW DAY EVENTS

April 30, 1:30 p.m. - Supreme Court courtroom, Carson City - Town Hall Meeting with Justices Nancy Saitta, Mark Gibbons and Michael Cherry, and Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (webcast on the Supreme Court website, www.nevadajudiciary.us)

May 1, Noon - "Legacy of Justice" award presented by the Nevada Supreme Court on the north steps of the Regional Justice Center.  Justices Nancy Saitta, Michael Douglas, and Kristina Pickering will be joined by members of the state and federal judiciary.

  • May 1 - Law Day programs in Clark County at West Prep, Legacy High School, Las Vegas High School, Western High School, Clark High School, and Advanced Technology Academy.  Judges and attorneys will be conducting sessions.
  • May 13 - Washoe County Bar Association luncheon - Legacy in Liberty Award presented by Chief Justice James W. Hardesty
  • May 14 - Clark County Bar Association luncheon.  Liberty Bell Award presentation.
  • May 18 - Law Day program in Washoe County at Wooster High School.

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