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Minnesota marks Law Day with celebrations, events across the state

Posted: Friday, May 5, 2017

Minnesota marks Law Day with celebrations, events across the state

For more than 50 years, the United States has recognized May 1 as Law Day, a national day to celebrate how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share. For Law Day 2017, the American Bar Association selected the theme of “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy,” which explores how the citizenship, due process, and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution advanced the rights of all Americans.
 
In honor of Law Day, courts across Minnesota partnered with local justice system partners to sponsor Law Day events for the public and students. These events were designed to showcase the work of Minnesota’s courts, and educate the public about the work of judges, attorneys, law enforcement, and citizens in administering the state’s justice system.
 
In St. Cloud, the public was invited to visit the Stearns County Courthouse as part of an “Open Courthouse” event on April 28. The event featured a special appearance by Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea, along with guided courthouse tours, a justice system information fair, and informational displays on Stearns County history and the 14th Amendment.
 
Anoka County also celebrated Law Day on April 28, with an event featuring free legal advice clinics, an information fair, and guided tours of the Anoka County Courthouse and Government Center in downtown Anoka.
 
In Buffalo, local justice system partners offered free legal advice clinics and presentations on emerging criminal justice issues for members of the public at the Wright County Government Center on May 1.