A total of 800 middle and high school students from 21 schools are registered to participate in the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation’s Law Day celebration Wednesday, May 1, 2013.The celebration begins with a naturalization ceremony with 40 immigrants becoming United States citizens, followed by the Law Day opening ceremony.
Essay, poster and video contest winners will receive their awards and hear remarks on "Equality for All" from keynote speaker, Christopher K. Tyson. Students will drop off their donated food items for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank food drive when they arrive at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre.
The students will then walk to their pre-assigned courtrooms in the neighboring city and district courtrooms. The break-out sessions involve interactive discussions between the students, local attorneys, law enforcement and judges. Courtroom moderators will lead the discussions on lessons pertaining to the ABA Law Day 2013 theme "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All." Lessons include: Realizing the Dream Today, Gideon v. Wainwright, Teen Curfew and Unfairness under the Law.
The celebration concludes with a complimentary lunch, viewing of the posters and winning videos, a mock vote, the "Fatal Vision" program and Teen Court, Trafficking Hope and Family Values Resource Institute informational tables.
Chairing the 2013 Law Day Committee is Elizabeth Spurgeon. Ryan Brown is the vice chair. Donna Buuck, Teen Court Coordinator of the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation, is the coordinator of this event. BRBA Executive Director Ann K. Gregorie will be on hand during the event, as will BRBA President Michael S. Walsh.