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April 30th, 2001
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National Law Day

Tuesday May 1st is National Law Day. It was first conceived in the late 1950's by the American Bar Association as a way to reflect on the nation's legal heritage and on the ways in which the legal system can be improved to achieve greater social justice. Congress designated May 1st as the official date by joint resolution in 1961.

Since the later 1950's , the ABA, state and local bar associations, business and schools have conducted thousands of Law Day programs connected to some aspect of American law.

The theme for this year is centered around the continual development of the law as it pertains to protecting the interests of children and their families. The ABA has provided a listing of national resources and activities connected with this year's focus: http://www.abanet.org/publiced/lawday.

Closer to home, the Director of State Courts Office in Wisconsin has prepared a Law Day Planning Kit. The kit contains activities, resources and viewpoints related to children and the law, including mock trial scripts and annotated lists of national and Wisconsin Internet resources. The Kit is available at http://www.courts.state.wi.us/media/pdf/LawDayKit.pdf.

The Law Related Education Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Public Defender's Office are co-sponsoring a public forum entitled Juveniles in the Justice System. The forum will take place on Tuesday, May 1st at the Beloit City County Building, 100 State Street, Beloit, WI. For more information, contact Dee Runaas at (608) 250-6191 or drunaas@wisbar.org.

Written by: Sunil Rao
Reference Librarian
strao@facstaff.wisc.edu

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