Business and community leaders recently collaborated with judges from the North Dade Justice Center to present the 52nd Law Day celebration featuring guest speaker Jeffrey H. Sloman, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
The theme of Law Day 2010 was “Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges,” held in conjunction with “Law Week” – observed nationally every year in May to help promote a greater understanding of the American justice system and commemorate “a commitment to the rule of law enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.”
Overseeing Law Day 2010 were Associate Administrative Judge Linda Singer Stein, Judge Myriam Lehr, Judge Lisa Walsh, Judge Caryn Schwartz, Judge Sheldon Schwartz and Judge Eric Hendon.
Chief Judge Joel Brown noted, “Thanks to all of the judges and their staff here at the North Dade Justice Center for organizing Law Day – a long-standing tradition. It’s important to recognize the importance of the legal system – truly the foundation of our country. We’re a nation of laws and for that to remain, we need a solid legal system that will protect everyone’s individual rights.”
The Law Day event commenced with an invocation by North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre; the City of Miami Gardens Honor Guard presentation; Joshua Grosso of Joanie Edwards Little Theater School of Performing Arts singing the National Anthem; and the Pledge of Allegiance led by the Bailiffs of the North Dade Justice Center.
Many students attending the Law Day event were especially enlightened by remarks made by Sloman, who spoke about rewards of public service. “Serving as U.S. Attorney has been the thrill of a lifetime,” Sloman said. “For the young people here, I would highly recommend setting your sights on careers in public service – it’s a fantastic aspiration. There is nothing more gratifying in the world than to be a part of justice and on Law Day we should take special note of that.”
During Law Day, winners of the North Dade Bar Association’s Law Day essay contest for students were announced. First place winner Belen A. Mella of Sunny Isles Beach Community School K-8 wrote her essay on the topic of “The Right to Privacy in School in the 21st Century.”
Ruling Law Day 2010 “highly successful,” North Dade Justice Center judges concurred, “This year’s Law Day enabled us to reach out once again and further educate our community about the judicial system…especially students, who are the future of our country. Throughout the year, we make it a priority to include young people in discussions about our justice system.”
Special thanks for supporting Law Day was expressed to public officials, organizations and participants including the Aventura Marketing Council, Sabadell United Bank, Higer Lichter & Givner, the Caribbean Bar Association, Clerk of Courts, Cuban American Bar Association, Dade County Bar Association, Haitian Lawyers Association, North Dade Bar Association, Drive Legal Program, Wilke D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, League of Prosecutors, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers and Miami-Dade Human Services Department Coordinated Victims Assistance Center, Volunteer Program – AOC and Law Offices of Russel Lazega, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Costco – North Miami and Andrew Goldstein Photography.