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May 1, 2013

Law governs our daily lives

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Whether it is in signing a contract or wondering whether or not a person has the right to remain silent, laws govern all aspects of daily life.

In this nation, our founding documents outline fundamental ideas that shape the laws that touch all people.

In recognition of our shared heritage in the law, every year we celebrate Law Day.

The idea of setting aside a day for lawyers to celebrate the rule of law and interact with their local communities began in this great state.

Later, Dwight D. Eisenhower declared that May 1, 1958, would be recognized as “Law Day.” Now, 56 years later, the national celebration of Law Day is still going strong.

This year’s theme “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All,” reflects not only on the 150-year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50-year anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s monumental “I Have a Dream” speech but also reaches back to this country’s founding principles that all people have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

To celebrate this year’s Law Day, the Oklahoma Bar Association has already reached out to students statewide, with more than 1,300 participating in creative writing and art projects designed to promote recognition that “equality for all” is still a goal for all Americans.

Locally, the Cleveland County Bar Association and the Oklahoma Bar Association are sponsoring a variety of activities in the local community.

This year’s “Ask a Lawyer” television show will air on OETA at 7 p.m. May 2. Local attorneys will be available by phone from 7 to 8 p.m. at 360-7555 to give free legal advice.

Beyond the art and writing contests already held, students from local elementary schools will receive tours of the Cleveland County courthouse and will learn more about how the legal process works on a local level.

Please join the Cleveland County Bar Association in celebrating Law Day 2013.

This article was written by Bethany Stanley, Rebekah Taylor, Alissa Huter, Peggy Stockwell and Sandee Coogan.

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