Criminal justice agencies to host Law Day event May 1

Anoka County Court Administration, led by Court Administrator Jennifer Schlieper, is partnering with other criminal justice agencies in the county to host a Law Day celebration for the public May 1, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Anoka County Government Center Lobby, 2100 Third Ave., Anoka.

Resource tables with information will be set up in the lobby and the public can ask questions about the role played by the various agencies involved in the administration of justice in Anoka County.

Specific activities will include tours of a courtroom, question/answer sessions with a district court judge, law enforcement K-9 demonstrations and opportunities to talk with one of Anoka County’s medical examiners.

The national 2013 Law Day theme, “Realizing the Dream: Equity for All,” provides an excellent opportunity to affirm the importance of the courts and their role in ensuring access to justice for all Anoka County citizens, according to Schlieper.

It further allows a closer look at the workings of the court system and its role in preserving citizens’ rights, Schlieper said.

The idea of a national Law Day was conceived in 1957 by American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes.

In 1958, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the first Law Day and in 1961, the U.S. Congress issued a joint resolution making May 1 the official Law Day.