The Norman Transcript

Opinion

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.

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
  • Congratulations to ‘The Sam’

    Congratulations are in order this week for the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. The massive museum is one of only five museums and five libraries honored with the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service by the ...

    April 25, 2014

  • Help for the hurting

    This past fiscal year, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services served about 187,000 of our neighbors. That’s a lot of Oklahomans, but the department missed serving an estimated 500,000 to 700,000 more that are ...

    April 25, 2014

  • Repairs still needed

    Lawmakers once again kicked the can down the road on making needed repairs to the state Capitol. By a 62-34 vote, they turned down a Senate-approved plan to authorize up to $160 million in bonds to repair the nearly century-old building....

    April 24, 2014

  • Health care needs have reached critical stage

    Once again, the Republican-led Oklahoma legislators are leaving Oklahoma’s neediest in the dust with their proposed 2014-2015 budget. Studies by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance ...

    April 24, 2014

  • Can’t have it both ways

    Local sheriff Joe Lester wasn’t among the state sheriffs and lawmakers protesting the removal of state prisoners from county jails this week. The sheriffs, some of whom have protested by having too many state prisoners in their ...

    April 24, 2014

  • Help for rural America

    A drive through rural parts of the Southwest can be depressing. For sale and for rent signs are prevalent. Businesses along main streets have closed. Unless they are close to a major interstate highway, many communities are in decline....

    April 23, 2014

  • Embarrassment to Oklahoma, again

    The standardized testing that was halted in local schools Monday is another embarrassment to the state. The same thing happened a year ago and Oklahoma gave them another chance....

    April 23, 2014

  • Time to move on; exit of Sebelius is right choice

    From the moment it became obvious that healthcare.gov wasn’t working, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius became damaged goods for the White House....

    April 23, 2014

  • Happy birthday to us

    We don’t expect any cake and that many candles might be dangerous but today is the unofficial 125th birthday of Norman....

    April 22, 2014

  • Hero of Haarlem … for common good

    “Trudging stoutly along by the canal,” as the story goes, the 8-year-old son of a Dutch sluicer was returning home from delivering cakes to a blind man. Humming as he passed the dikes, he noticed that recent rains had made his father’s job ...

    April 22, 2014