March 25, 2013
Contact: Latasha Smith, Director of Communications, National Center for Civil and Human Rights or email@example.com
ATLANTA – A collaborative effort between Georgia’s legal community and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights will commemorate Law Day 2013 with a special program Monday, April 22, from 12:30 to 7 p.m. at the State Bar of Georgia, 104 Marietta St. in downtown Atlanta.
"Realizing the Dream: Equality for All" is the national Law Day theme for 2013, the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln and the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
The theme provides an opportunity to explore the movement for civil and human rights in America and the impact that it has had in promoting the idea of equality under the law. It will provide a forum for reflecting on the work that remains to be done in rectifying injustice, eliminating all forms of discrimination and putting an end to human trafficking and other violations of basic human rights. As Dr. King pointed out in his letter from a Birmingham Jail, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Co-sponsoring organizations include: the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association, the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, the Gate City Bar Association, the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association, the Multi-Bar Leadership Council, the South Asian Bar Association of Georgia and the Stonewall Bar Association.
The program is open to the public. Those planning to attend must register online. Registration and box lunch pickup will take place starting at noon, followed by these sessions:
Law Day, officially observed May 1 of each year, is a national celebration of the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in this democracy and the importance of jury service to maintaining the integrity of the courts.
"Realizing the Dream: Equality for All" is aimed at making the connection between the American civil rights movement and the principles of human rights and providing an in-depth look at human rights violations in the United States, as well as human trafficking and how it undermines the health, safety and social progress of all nations.
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a cultural institution coming to Atlanta in spring of 2014. The Center provides exhibitions, designated event spaces, a broadcast studio, and educational forums that share the courageous fight of all people to secure equality for African Americans in the modern American Civil Rights Movement, and its fundamental impact and inspiration on contemporary movements for human rights globally. The Center will be the only public place in the world displaying the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection (King Papers) and his historic "I Have a Dream Speech." Visitors will be immersed in an interactive story-telling experience in each exhibit. The facilities will also serve as a hub for ongoing dialogue — attracting world-renowned speakers and artists who work on a variety of human rights topics. For more information, visit www.civilandhumanrights.org.
The State Bar of Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton, was established in 1964 by Georgia's Supreme Court as the successor to the voluntary Georgia Bar Association, founded in 1884. All lawyers licensed to practice in Georgia belong to the State Bar. Its more than 43,000 members work together to strengthen the constitutional promise of justice for all, promote principles of duty and public service among Georgia's lawyers, and administer a strict code of legal ethics.