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Law Day celebrating 50th anniversary

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By The Staff

Fort Knox Staff Judge Advocate

Fifty years ago President Eisenhower proclaimed May 1 as the first “Law Day,” and stated that it was a “day of national dedication to the principle of government under law.”

Due to the importance of law to military operations around the world, this year Fort Knox is celebrating Law Day, throughout May and June.

This year’s 50th anniversary Law Day theme, “The Rule of Law: Foundation for Communities of Opportunity and Equity,” is designed to foster public understanding of the rule of law by discussing its role in society and explaining how the rule of law is essential in sustaining our free society.

The theme is particularly relevant to our military community. The rule of law is designed to ensure a legal system is based upon fair, publicized, broadly understood, and stable laws, which are administered fairly and equally throughout society. These are the very democratic principles which Soldiers are fighting to protect and establish in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world.

Although Law Day officially was May 1, the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate and the Fort Knox Law Enforcement Command have taken the lead in organizing Law Day activities throughout the month. 

Law Day activities will also include some of the youngest members of the Fort Knox community. Students at Van Voorhees 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. Col. Lisa Anderson-Lloyd, the staff judge advocate, is scheduled to preside as the judge over the case.

“Presenting the practice of law through this popular children’s story will expose young students to some basic legal principles in a fun and interactive way,” explained Capt. Mike Ni, one of the event organizers.

There will also be plenty of fun and excitement for the adults at Fort Knox and the surrounding community. Fort Knox will host a Law Day golf tournament June 5. The event will be open to the public.

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.