To the Editor:

President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to commemorate and reflect upon our national ideals of liberty, justice, and equality. Annually on this day we rededicate ourselves to these principles and promote public education on the importance of the rule of law and our legal system.  The Sussex County Bar Association invites all interested citizens to celebrate Law Day on Monday, May 1st, at 7:00 p.m., at the historic Sussex County Court House in Newton.

 

The American Bar Association has declared that the theme of this year’s Law Day will be “The Fourteenth Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.”  Ratified shortly after the end of the Civil War, the Fourteenth Amendment greatly expanded constitutional protections through its guarantees of due process and equal protection of the law for all individuals. In the 150 years since, the Fourteenth Amendment has served as the basis of historic civil rights legislation and landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions advancing our national principles of freedom and justice for all. 

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On Monday, May 1st, please join us as we reflect on the importance of the Fourteenth Amendment as part of our nation’s legacy of liberty, promote public awareness of the importance of the rule of law, and continue to work toward ensuring our nation’s constitutional ideals are put into practice.  

 

Ann Pompelio, Esq.

President, Sussex County Bar Association