Law Day, May 1, celebrates 50th anniversary of Miranda v. Arizona

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Each year, hundreds of law professionals celebrate Law Day on May 1, and 2016 is no exception. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of one of the nation’s best-known U.S. Supreme Court cases, Miranda v. Arizona, this year’s Law Day theme is Miranda: More than words. To help mark the event, the American Bar Association has a number of ideas and resources available on its website to help those interested in celebrating the day within their own communities.

This year’s theme is intended to help those who celebrate Law Day to explore the procedural protections afforded to all citizens by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to the nation’s liberty.

Activities marking the day, which was first designated in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, will range from luncheons to mock trials to courthouse tours throughout the nation. The activities will strive to celebrate the country’s legal system and provide consumers with a greater awareness of how today’s courts operate.

NCRA has a number of resources available to assist members with celebrating Law Day, including the materials available as part of NCRF’s Legal Education Program. Other resources to help promote the court reporting and captioning professions are available through NCRA’s Take Note campaign website. Materials include information geared toward potential students and influencers such as parents and school counselors to connect directly with NCRA’s certified and participating court reporting schools and programs.

NCRA members interested in celebrating Law Day are encouraged to contact their local or state bar association to see if they can be part of any planned celebratory events. Other ideas include hosting court reporting demonstrations at local law schools or high schools.

More information about Law Day 2016 and resources to mark the event is available at ABA.org.

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