Today is Law Day, Commemorating the Magna Carta

St. Augustine turns 450 this year, and the Magna Carta turns 800 years old.  Handwritten in Latin in 1215 England, this “Great Charter of Liberties” inspired many basic rights of America today, including due process, habeas corpus, and trial by jury.  It embodies the idea that no one, no matter how powerful, is above the law.  Thus this year’s Law Day theme is “Magna Carta:  Symbol of Freedom Under the law.” Law Day is May 1 every year.  The event officially started in 1961 to mark a commitment to the rule of law in our nation, a notion that is now eight centuries old and counting. Happy Law Day!  Happy Due Process Everyday!   Read More

Law Day – May 1

Law Day is an annual event, officially started in 1961 to mark a commitment to the rule of law in our nation.   This year’s theme is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law:  Why Every Vote Matters” celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act this year, and next year’s golden anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  While a voters’ registration is great for participating in political elections, it is also vital for the fair administration of justice. A voters’ registration is not just good for election season, it also lets you help decide the fate of people in your community.  As a registered voter, you can make a difference in the legislative branch of government at the local, state, and national levels, and you can make a difference in the judicial branch by sitting on a jury for your peers.  A registered voter can change the outcome of a trial, but your jury vote does not count if you are not there to cast it. Most people would rather be fishing than to be in court, especially facing legal action against them—that is when they need their peers.  You have the power to help uphold the […] Read More