May 1 – Law Day – was codified by Congress in 1961 as an annual celebration of the rule of law.
For the American Bar Association, this is the subject of an annual national civic education program based on the freedoms provided by the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
It’s more than a day of the year for the Jacksonville Bar Association.
“Although it’s called Law Day, it truly is a month full of community service events designed to foster camaraderie in the legal profession while giving something back to the community,” said Kelli Lueckert, JBA Law Week Committee Chair.
Planning began in January for the events leading up to the association’s annual Law Day meeting today at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.
Also on the agenda, the JBA Board of Governors for the Bar Year 2019-2020 will be elected and the annual Jacksonville Daily Record Lawyer of the Year and Liberty Bell Award will be presented.
The Law Day committee’s activities began when members visited West Riverside Elementary School to talk to students about what freedom of speech and a free press mean for a free society.
Students created posters that were displayed in the atrium of the Duval County Courthouse. The public voted for their favorites and the students who created the most popular posters will receive awards from the committee.
The committee also worked with law firms to collect art supplies that will be donated to the school.
Citizenship is another theme for the committee each year.
On March 30, more than 100 attorneys and other volunteers met with lawful permanent residents at the Florida Coastal School of Law and helped prospective U.S. citizens complete their naturalization documents.
On April 18, at Bryan Simpson’s U.S. Courthouse, 50 people from 30 countries became U.S. citizens during the annual Law Day naturalization ceremony.
Three nonprofits are the beneficiaries of Law Week this year.
The law firms have collected toiletries that will be given to clients of ecumenical services downtown.
The law firm Edwards & Ragatz hosted a meeting Thursday evening at its offices to benefit Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and its mission to provide free civil legal services to low-income people in Northeastern Florida.
“Donations continue to flow and it looks like fundraising efforts will exceed $ 10,000,” said Dennis Harrison, director of development for JALA.
The committee’s work this year culminated Tuesday night when its members hosted a “Rooftop Rendezvous” at Intuition Ale Works, a party and raffle to benefit Dreams Come True.
The profits will be used to help a child with a fatal disease.
The 2019 Law Week Committee
The 2019 Jacksonville Bar Association Law Week Committee. Story, more photos of Law Week events, page 12A
First row, from the left:
Kimberly Wood, president of the Rendez-vous sur les toits subcommittee.
Kelli Lückert, chair of the Law Week committee.
Tony Constantini, chair of the poster competition subcommittee.
Back row, starting from the left:
Missy Davenport, president of Citizenship Day.
Marie Marguerite Giannini, president of Art Supply & Toiletries Drive and the bar newsletter article for the Law Week committee.
Rahma Sultan, member of the committee.
Cyndy Mower, committee member.
Ryan treulieb, president of Art Supply and Toiletries Drive.
David thompson, president of Art Supply and Toiletries Drive.
Members of the Law Week committee not represented:
Vice-president Chelsea harris, Fraz Ahmed, Jessica Byrne, Amber Donley, Bruce Duggar, Ashlea Edwards, Giselle Girones, Ingrid Osborn, Vincent Pulignano and Alex Travis.