Law Day 2013: “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All”

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Guam –  In 1958 President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the first Law Day as “a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law.”  

The 2013 Law Week Celebration in Guam will take place from April 29 to May 11, 2013, and will once again be co-hosted by the Guam Bar Association, the Judiciary of Guam and the District Court of Guam.

This year’s theme, “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All,” recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln’s pronouncement that signaled the end of slavery in this country. In 1963, during the centennial of this historic document, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, calling upon our nation to live up to the great promise, enshrined in its founding documents, of equality for all.  This year’s Law Day theme provides an opportunity to explore the movement for civil and human rights in America and the impact that it has had in promoting the ideal of equality under the law.

“The Law Day theme asks each one of us to reflect on the significant progress that has been made to end discrimination, and to continue to work toward rectifying all forms of injustice,” said Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido.  “The Judiciary is committed to ensuring that all who come before the courts of Guam receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, or religion.”

District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood emphasized the  role of the federal court system in ending discrimination, such as the U.S. Supreme Court opinion, Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 that ended segregated schools.  “We are proud to co-sponsor the Law Week celebration, and to invite students and veterans to the District Court to learn more about the federal judicial system.”

Attorney Cynthia Ecube, Guam Bar Association President, noted that Law Day programs are focused on educating the community about the role of the law and the legal system, so that they will better understand the important link between freedom and equality.  “From the students who participate in the mock trial plays and court tours, to members of the public who attend our Annual Law Fair at the Micronesia Mall, we want them to learn about how the rule of law guarantees their civil rights and protects their freedoms,” Ecube said.

This year, the Judiciary, the Guam Bar, and the District Court of Guam will be sponsoring another series of events designed to engage the community in the celebration of our legal system.

Events for Law Week 2013 will include:

·  Open House Tours of the Judiciary of Guam from April 29 to May 2;
·  Mock trial plays performed by elementary and middle school students from April 29 to May 2;
·  District Court of Guam student tours and activities on April 29 and May 2;
·  Law Day Naturalization Ceremony and Citizen Outreach Program at the District Court of Guam on April 30;
·  The State of the Judiciary Address by Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido on Wednesday, May 1;
·  Student Island Leadership Day at the District Court on May 2;
·  Presentation of the 6th annual Hustisia Award on May 3;
·  A Law Fair at the Micronesia Mall from 10am to 3pm on May 4; and
·  Law Day Art and Essay Contests.
·  The Race Judicata 5K Run/Walk on May 5;
·  Outreach events by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for mayors, veterans, students and consular dignitaries on May 7 and 9;
·  UOG Forum on Human Trafficking with an Emphasis on Sex Trafficking in Guam and Micronesia, on May 10.

For additional and regularly updated information about Law Week visit the websites of the Unified Courts of Guam at www.guamcourts.org, the District Court of Guam at www.gud.uscourts.gov  or the Guam Bar Association at www.guambar.org.