Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dear students,

Please remember to inform the Library staff when there are issues in the Library.  Many of the people using the Fred Parks Law Library during the summer are studying for the Bar, and emotions can run high.  Please do not let issues reach a crescendo before asking for assistance.

Thank you and good luck to all of you taking the Bar.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Law Day 2018

by Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

     Law Day is an annual commemoration first held in 1957 when American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes envisioned a special national day to mark our nation’s commitment to the rule of law. The following year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Law Day Proclamation. Law Day was made official in 1961 when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day.  The theme of 2018’s Law Day is Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.
     James Madison said, “[t]he accumulation of all powers… in the same hands may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” Jefferson agreed, and called the distribution of power the first principle of good government. The system of checks and balances set up in our Constitution prevents any one branch from becoming too powerful and preserves our political liberty.  The ABA selects a theme each year to spotlight an aspect of law or the legal process and its impact on people’s lives. This year’s theme reminds us that the separation of powers is fundamental to our Republic and that the government works for We, the People. In turn, we must do our part to ensure that the government works as the Framers intended. Regardless of political leanings or party affiliations, it is the duty of all citizens to be informed and engaged, to keep up on current events, know the issues that affect your community, and vote.