The Young Lawyers Division is kicking off its week-long Law Day celebration with Serving Our Seniors.  Seniors, age 60 and above, will receive help from volunteer lawyers to complete a Health Care Directive and a Power of Attorney.

Serving Our Seniors will be held from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the Bar.  There will be no charge for this service.  Please help spread the word.  For an appointment, people should call 801-505-5609; 645 South 200 East,Salt Lake City,UT 84111

Law Day Events:

The Young Lawyers Division is holding its annual Law Day awards luncheon at noon at Little America Hotel.  Cost is $30 per person; write for reservations through 9 a.m. Monday April 29.  See awards details below.

Later that evening, in partnership with the Utah Film Center, The Young Lawyers Division is showing the film Valentine Road at 7:00 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.  In 2008, eighth-grader Brandon McInerney shot classmate Larry King at point blank range.  Unraveling this tragedy from point of impact, the film reveals the heartbreaking circumstances that led to the shocking crime as well as the aftermath.  The director of the film, Marta Cunningham, will be present for a Q&A session following the film.  There is no cost to attend, and advance tickets are not required.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The first of May was set aside in 1961 by a Joint Resolution of Congress as a “special day of celebration by the American people in appreciation of their liberties and the reaffirmation of their loyalty to the United States of America” and as an occasion for “re-dedication to the ideals of equality and justice under laws.”

The promise of equality under the law is what has made America a beacon to other nations. It is a pledge clearly set forth in the Declaration of Independence and in the

opening words of the Preamble of the Constitution, “We the People.” It is, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, the proposition to which our nation is dedicated.

The year 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1963, during the Proclamation’s centennial, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and called upon our nation to live up to the great promise, enshrined in its founding documents, of equality for all. Five decades later, the inspirational words of Rev. Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech continue to resonate and challenge us to live up to our national ideal of equality under the law. The legacy of the Civil Rights Movement can be seen in the strides that have been made against discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability, and sexual orientation.

Law Day, May 1, 2013, will provide an opportunity to explore the movement for civil and human rights in America and the impact it has had in promoting the ideal of equality under the law. It will provide a forum for reflecting on the work that remains to be done in rectifying injustice, eliminating all forms of discrimination, and putting an end to human trafficking and other violations of our basic human rights. As Rev. Dr. King pointed out in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”