Law Day to focus on Freedom of Speech


Make text smaller Make text larger





President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicate ourselves to promote public understanding of its importance to American democracy.

Law Day 2019, as designated by the American Bar Association, will focus on “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society,” and highlight the importance of free discourse as an important foundation of a free society. On this day, we are called on to understand and protect these rights to ensure, as the U.S. Constitution proposes, “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.”

In the United States and around the world, freedom of speech and the press are among the most important foundations for a free society. Free speech and free press are prominent topics in public discourse and litigation. It is impossible to imagine a free society without these individual liberties, yet historical and current debates surrounding them continually challenge us to consider their boundaries and resilience. Changes in technology have reshaped how free speech and free press work in the everyday world. Law Day 2019 offers the opportunity to explore this pair of freedoms by probing their history and considering their future. Should all speech be “free?” What is the role of government in regulating or protecting the press? Should speech or the press be constrained through laws or norms? Can a free society exist without free speech and free press?

As Gene Policinski of the First Amendment Center recently noted, “Americans need to keep in mind that a free press is the ultimate defender of our personal liberties. The transparency and information-sharing it provides are essential to a functioning representative democracy.”

Please plan on joining us at the historic Sussex County Courthouse on Wednesday, May 1st, at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate Law Day, 2019.

Janine M. Cerra, Esquire

President, Sussex County Bar Association




Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Vernon holds senior picnic
Pirates, wenches, and scallywags abounded at the Vernon Senior Picnic which was held on June 27 at the Vernon PAL pavilion.
Brian Gunderman provided his awesome chicken...

Read more »
Image

Dumonts bringing harmony to Jefferson
The Jefferson Arts Committee’s Gazebo Committee is pleased to announce that the trio The Dumonts will perform in the 2019 free summer concert series on Friday evening, July...
Read more »

(No heading)

Read more »
Image

Holy Counselor plans golf outing
Holy Counselor Lutheran Church will be hosting a golf outing at Black Bear Golf Club on Sept. 18.
The day's events includes a continental breakfast, 18 holes of golf, buffet...

Read more »

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers



MOST READ

Special Sections
Waterproofing Your Patio
  • Jul 16, 2019
Obituaries
F.G. Van Gorder
  • Jul 15, 2019
Entertainment
Cornerstone holds casting call for 'Pippin'
  • Jul 15, 2019

MOST COMMENTED



Find more about Weather in Lafayette, NJ