LAWDAY 2015, the 56th anniversary of National Law Day, was a special day for the Judges of the North Dade Justice Center as the culmination of their hard work with their committee resulted in another inspiring and motivating program. This year’s theme was “Celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, Symbol of Freedom Under Law”, and a full house of community and business leaders came to participate in this patriotic event featuring keynote speaker, Florida Senator Anitere Flores. Judge Linda Singer Stein, Associate Administrative Judge, joined by Judge Betty Capote, Judge Jason Emilios Dimitris, Judge Myriam Lehr, Judge Spencer Multack, Judge Caryn Canner Schwartz and Judge Diana Vizcaino, oversaw the planning of this event with their own judicial team and help from Miami-Dade County.
Sponsors were Law Offices of Fenstersheib & Berkowitz, P.A.; Verbatim Support Services; Aventura Marketing Council; Crossroads Investigations; North Dade Bar Association; C1 Bank; Cuban American Bar Association; Dade League of Prosecutors; Haitian Lawyers Association and Florida Advocates-A Private Law Firm.
Special guests included Florida Senator Gwen Margolis, North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph, Aventura Mayor Enid Weisman, County Clerk Harvey Ruvin and a room full of Commissioners, City Managers and Police Chiefs from cities throughout the county as well as representatives from many bar associations.
Festivities kicked off with a stunning rendition of “God Bless America” by 16 year-old Lannie Rubio and the Honor Guard presentation from the Dr. Michael M.
Krop Sr. High JROTC. The North Dade Bar’s annual essay contest was won by Isabelle Caous, 8th grader from David Lawrence, Jr. K – 8 Center. Russel Lazega and Esther Blynn from the NDBAannounced all the winners and invited Isabelle to read her essay, “Personal Liberty vs. Government Regulation”.
As Sen. Flores began to speak passionately about the Magna Carta and freedom of destiny, there wasn’t a sound in the room. ““How is it that the Magna Carta, this incredible document drafted in the Middle Ages, was to be the groundwork that laid out freedom, but freedoms weren’t granted until the idea of democracy?… Where does that bring us today… our democracy has been around for 240 years and what makes this country so special is that knowledge that we are the ones that get to set our destiny, not someone else.”
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