By org jennid communityjusticeinc Jennifer Dye
, Young Lawyers Division Public Service Committee Chair, Madison
Jan. 18, 2012 – The theme for the 2012 ABA Law Day program, “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom,” highlights important role that courts play as the third branch of government in our democracy. The Young Lawyers Division sponsors this event annually.
The focus on the role of the judicial branch comes as courts across the country are facing severe budget cuts and shortfalls. An ABA study found that most states cut court funding by 10 to 15 percent within the past three years. A recent article in the Sacramento Business Journal described area courts as “battered by state budget cuts” and “teetering on a cliff.” Similar cuts have affected courts nationwide to differing degrees, including Wisconsin courts, which are forced to do as much, if not more, with fewer resources.
“Law Day benefits students, volunteers, and the community,” said Jill Kastner, YLD Past President. “Not only are students educated about our legal system, but they get the opportunity to have a positive experience with an attorney.” This is the fourth year the YLD is sponsoring Law Day activities in classrooms around the state. “This year, we are excited to participate in the second annual Law Day YouTube Video Contest for students as well,” said Kastner.
We need classroom volunteers
The YLD will provide age-appropriate curriculum to educate students about our great legal system and about the legal profession. Volunteers will be assigned to K-12 classrooms statewide. com LawDayWI gmail Volunteer today.
Deadline nears for video contest
The Law Day video contest provides an opportunity to educate the public, especially our school age citizens, about the important role courts play in our democracy and the consequences of underfunding. The video contest is available for students in grades K-12. Videos focused on this year’s Law Day theme must be posted to YouTube by Feb. 15.
For more information, visit the ABA website. Participants will post their videos to YouTube and then submit the link and other application forms to the State Bar of Wisconsin at com LawDayWI gmail gmail LawDayWI com. Winners at the state and national levels will be recognized. The national winner will be announced during a Law Day ceremony.
Find out more information about this year’s Law Day theme.
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