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May 1, Americans reflect on rule of law

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By The Staff

Fort Knox Staff Judge Advocate

Every year on May 1, Americans celebrate Law Day.

Law Day is an opportunity for all Americans to reflect on the rule of law and the foundations of our legal system. It is a time to celebrate the rich history of our judicial system and a time to consider its future in this rapidly changing world.

In 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower established Law Day as “a day of national dedication to the principle of government under law.” Commemorated annually since that date, Law

Day programs are conducted throughout the country by legal bar associations, courts, schools, and civic groups.

This year’s Law Day theme, “Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges,” provides us with an opportunity to understand and appreciate the emerging challenges that confront our world—and the law—in the 21st century, while reaffirming enduring legal traditions.

The Fort Knox legal community has organized several Law Day activities throughout April and May in recognition of the importance of our legal and judicial systems. The highlight will be a Law Day luncheon held at The Leaders Club for members of the Fort Knox community and for distinguished members of the civilian law enforcement and legal communities. The luncheon will feature a speech by retired Col. Lawrence Morris, a former Army Judge Advocate and the former chief prosecutor in the Office of Military Commissions.

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 “Big Bad Wolf v. Curley Pig,” a mock trial organized by the attorneys from the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate and the Army Recruiting Command. Through their participation as jurors, these young students will have a better understanding of our legal institution and our commitment to the rule of law.

The Fort Knox Law Enforcement Command has also organized a Law Day golf tournament. The tournament will allow members of the Fort Knox Legal and Law Enforcement community to come together for a day of camaraderie and reflection on their special responsibilities and important roles in our nation’s commitment to justice.

The military legal community urges all members of the Fort Knox community to use Law Day as an opportunity to reflect on the importance of our legal and judicial systems and how we, as Soldiers and civilians, can help foster its growth and development.