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Law Day, May 1, 2008

“The Rule of Law: Foundation for Communities of Opportunity and Equity”


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For more information about Law Day, please visit the American Bar Association’s website.
How can students and teachers become involved with Law Day?
  • Connecticut Court Curriculum

  • The Judicial Branch developed Connecticut Courts: An Interactive Curriculum for High School Students. The second segment, The Rule of Law and the Amistad Case, provides information about the importance of rule of law, which requires that judges decide cases in accordance with the law, uninfluenced by public opinion or pressure.
  • Invite a Superior Court judge to your high school
    If you are interested in inviting a Superior Court judge to come to your high school to talk about the importance of the rule of law in our democratic society, please contact Jim Senich, Manager of Communications, at (860) 757-2270 or via e-mail at james.senich@jud.ct.gov.
  • Visit the Supreme Court

  • As part of the Law Day celebration, you may want to make arrangements to
    visit the Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford and learn about the role of the Supreme Court and its role in upholding the rule of law. To schedule a tour of the Supreme Court courtroom, please call Jim Senich at (860) 757-2270 or via e-mail at james.senich@jud.ct.gov. See Visitor's Guide to the Connecticut Supreme Court. (PDF)
  • Learn about jury duty and how it relates to the rule of law
    The Judicial Branch established the Jury Outreach program in 2004 to teach high school students about their rights and responsibilities as jurors, the jury system and what to expect if they serve. To schedule a presentation for your classroom, please contact Shari DeLuca at (860) 263-2710 (ext. 3025).
Law Day Events
May 1, 2008 The Supreme Court held its Law Day Ceremony in the Supreme Court courtroom and honored members of the minority bar associations. Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers and Attorney Norman K. Janes, Past President of the Connecticut Bar Association, made remarks. (See Remarks by Chief Justice Rogers and Norman Janes)
May 1, 2008 The Waterbury Bar Association held its Law Day event on May 1, 2008 at the Waterbury Judicial District Courthouse located at 300 Grand Street in Waterbury.
May 1, 2008 The Stamford Judicial District held its Law Day ceremony on May 1st at 9:30, in collaboration with the Fairfield County Bar Association. Judge Robin Pavia delivered the keynote address.
May 2, 2008 The New London Bar Association honored Judge Susan Handy.
May 5, 2008 The Litchfield County Bar Association organized the Law Day program that took place in the 2nd floor courtroom of the Litchfield Superior Court. It featured a presentation of the Liberty Bell award to long-time Assistant State's Attorney Andrew Wittstein.
May 6, 2008 The New Britain Judicial District's Law Day ceremony was held on May 6, 2008 in the courthouse.  Professor and Attorney Emanuel Margolis gave the keynote address.
May 9, 2008 The final round of the Statewide Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the Consortium for Law and Citizenship Education, Inc. was held in the Supreme Court courtroom on Friday, May 9, 2008, before Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers, Justice Christine S. Vertefeuille and Justice Peter T. Zarella. For more information about the mock trial, please visit the website for the Consortium for Law and Citizenship Education, Inc.
June 6, 2008 The Supreme Court, in collaboration with the Supreme Court Historical Society, held a ceremony to commemorate its 200th anniversary. As part of the celebration, Justice Flemming L. Norcott, Jr., discussed the Amistad case and its importance in history for upholding the rule of law. For more information about this event, please contact the Supreme Court Historical Society. See Remarks from the 200th Anniversary of the Supreme Court by: Justice Norcott, Justice Zarella, and Justice Peters.
Upcoming Events
June 19, 2008
Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers will speak at the Valley Bar Association's Law Day ceremony scheduled to take place at Sullivan's in Ansonia.


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