Thursday, April 3, 2008

For Immediate Release
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Second-Annual Community Law School Law Day Event Set for May 1
Local lawyers to give free legal talks to Brownsville residents

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Law Day, the Community Law School will host a community-wide learning event at 6 p.m. on May 1, 2008 at the Brownsville Events Center. The goal of the event is to provide Brownsville residents with free legal information on two important legal topics.
The Law Day installment of Community Law School will focus on Immigration Law and Individual Rights in Criminal Law. The presentations on the two topics will be followed by a question-and-answer session from a panel of moderators.
Law Day is a historic occasion that began fifty years ago when President Eisenhower proclaimed “a day of national dedication to the principle of government under law.” The inspiration for this first-ever Law Day was directly related to the Cold War and aimed to contrast the United States’ reliance on the rule of law with the Soviet Union’s rule by force. Yet Community Law School believes that now more than ever our community continues to have a deep interest in a government based on fair, publicized, broadly understood and stable laws and a strong and accessible legal process.
Community Law School is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting these same principles, and has partnered with the Cameron County Bar Association and the City of Brownsville to celebrate Law Day 2008. Community Law School’s mission extends beyond Law Day to year-round monthly educational events for the community. The organization has already hosted events in March and April covering elder law in 2008. Plans for events in June and July are underway.
Community Law School believes that an informed citizenry results in more efficient and accountable government and business communities. Cameron County residents are invited to participate and learn about two areas of law that commonly affect the lives of many in the community.
The schedule for the May 1 event is listed below:

5:30 – 6:00 Registration
6:00 – 6:15 Welcome and Introduction
6:15 – 7:00 Criminal Law and Individual Rights
7:00 – 7:45 Immigration Law
7:45 – 8:15 Questions from Panel

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