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April 23, 2012

Contact: Jason Zeisloft
410-685-7878 x.3026

Release No. 12-003


“No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom” will be the highlight of the Maryland State Bar Association’s (MSBA) 2012 Law Day Program scheduled for April 30 at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center.  Over 200 high school students, teachers, lawyers and judges will attend this free event which will feature videos created by students on the “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom” theme, a keynote address from Maryland’s top judge and numerous sessions informing the student of the importance of the courts.

The Law Day Video Contest commenced in January when students were asked to create videos and enter MSBA’s 2012 Video Contest.  The entrants examined the rule the courts play in society.  These videos will be shown for the People’s Choice awards with the audience of students selecting the winner.

After keynote speaker Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, Court of Appeals of Maryland, launches the conference, breakout sessions focusing on everything from the Anatomy of a Legal Case, TV and the Courts: Myth and Reality and Bullying and the Law. Other highlights include a preview of the videos of the 2012 MSBA Video Contest followed by the audience selection of the People’s Choice award winner.

The president of the MSBA, Henry Dugan, as well as the president of the American Bar Association, Wm. T. Robinson, will welcome the students to the conference.  Following the opening, Mr. Dugan and Mr. Robinson will address any of the media, who wish to attend, on the topics of underfunding of the courts and judicial compensation. All aspects of Law Day are open to the media.

Sponsored by MSBA’s Public Awareness Committee in conjunction with Citizen Law Related Education Program (CLREP), this Law Day program is a public education program offered by MSBA as a public service.



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