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Law Day2011 National Theme of "The Legacy of John Adams, From Boston to Guantanamo" 02/11/2011


UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

FEDERAL COURT TO CELEBRATE LAW DAY 2011 WITH NATIONAL THEME
OF “THE LEGACY OF JOHN ADAMS: FROM BOSTON TO GUANTANAMO”



John Adams became the nation’s first lawyer president in 1797. Five years before the start of the American Revolutionary War, he represented the British officer and soldiers charged with firing into a crowd of protestors and killing five civilians in the “Boston Massacre.” His role in the Massacre trials has come to be seen as an example of adherence to the rule of law and defense of the rights of the accused, even when attorneys are called upon to represent unpopular clients or become involved in issues of public controversy.

Established in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Law Day is a celebration of the nation’s commitment to the rule of law and the liberties and ideals of equality and justice under the law that all Americans enjoy. During the week of April 26 to 29, 2011, the District Court will focus on the legacy of John Adams and look at the role of today’s lawyer in defending the rights of the accused.

The Court anticipates that 1,000 students and teachers from 16 public high schools in Los Angeles County will participate in the Central District of California’s Law Day celebration. The two-hour morning program will be offered 16 times during the four-day period, with a district or magistrate judge presiding over each session. The program will begin with the students participating in a mock jury trial to be followed by a presentation by the host judge, and will continue with speakers from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Federal Public Defender’s Office, U.S. Pretrial Services, U.S. Probation Office, and U.S. Marshals Service. Approximately 90 Central District of California employees and other volunteers will assist with this event.

For further information regarding the times and locations of the program throughout the week, please contact Pamela Gamble Jackson, Event Coordinator, at 213-894-5708.

TERRY NAFISI
DISTRICT COURT EXECUTIVE AND CLERK OF COURT




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