By CAPT. A.J. BROWELL
Fort Knox Office of the Staff judge Advocate
Fifty years ago President Eisenhower proclaimed the first Law Day a “day of national dedication to the principle of government under law.” Law Day 2011 will explore the meaning of the rule of law, fostering public understanding of the rule of law through a law day luncheon and school events.
Although Law Day officially falls on May 1, the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate is taking the lead in organizing Law Day activities throughout the week of April 25. The highlight will be a luncheon at the Leaders Club for distinguished members of the legal community. The luncheon will feature a speech by the Honorable David J. Hale, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.
Law Day activities will also include some of the youngest members of the Fort Knox community. Students at Van Voorhis Elementary School will participate as jurors in the case of “The Case of Mary’s Missing Lunch,” a mock trial organized by the attorneys from the Recruiting Command Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. Van Voorhis Principal Laura Gibson is scheduled to preside as the judge over the case.
“Presenting the practice of law through this story will expose young students to
some basic legal principles in a fun and interactive way,” explained Captain LaRue Robinson, one of the event’s organizers.
There will also be plenty of fun and excitement for the adults at Fort Knox and the surrounding community. The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate will be hosting a Law Day Golf Tournament April 29. The event is open to the public. The POC for the golf outing is Sgt. Christopher Dubree at (502) 624-4417 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be a softball game between the various Fort Knox legal offices on April 27.
This year’s Law Day theme, “The Legacy of John Adams: From Boston to Guantanamo,” highlights our nation’s first lawyer-president and serves to foster understanding of the historical and contemporary role of lawyers in defending the principle of due process and the rights of the accused. This message is particularly relevant to our military community because it is one of the many democratic principles which Soldiers are fighting to establish and protect in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Fort Knox Office of the Staff Judge Advocate urges all members of the Fort Knox community to use Law Day as an opportunity to reflect on how the rule of law affects their daily lives and how we, as Soldiers and civilians, can help foster its growth and development.