LAW Week will soon be upon us, with several events and activities to be co-hosted by the Guam Bar Association, the Judiciary of Guam, and the District Court of Guam.
Beginning 11 a.m. tomorrow in the Justice G. Lujan Appellate Courtroom, Gov. Eddie Calvo, the Guam Legislature, and the Judicial Council of Guam will jointly proclaim May 1 as Law Day and April 28 to May 5 as Law Week.
This year’s theme is “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom,” which highlights the importance of the courts and their role in ensuring access to justice for everyone.
“The Law Day 2012 theme highlights the crucial role of our courts in a free society and is devoted to enhancing public appreciation and understanding of the vital importance of courts and the dangers of underfunding them,” Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido stated in a Judiciary of Guam press release.
Cynthia Ecubie, president of the Guam Bar Association, echoed the Chief Justice’s sentiment: “Through our annual Law Week events, we hope to involve the community and educate island residents about the legal system; and, having been part of the celebration for the past four years, we have seen a greater understanding in the community of the vital importance of our courts, how the legal system functions, including our island’s school children, who might one day become future attorneys, judges, justices, or a viable and important part of the judicial network.”
The Judiciary, the Guam Bar, and the District Court of Guam will be sponsoring another series of events designed to engage the community in the celebration of our legal system.
Events will include:
- A 5K Race Judicata Sunset Run/Walk on April 28;
- Open House tours of the Judiciary of Guam and the District Court of Guam beginning April 30;
- The State of the Judiciary Address by Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido on May 1;
- KGTF Video Premiere Project highlighting the importance of underfunded courts on May 1;
- Student Island Leadership Day at the District Court on May 2;
- Presentation of the 5th Annual Hustisia Award on May 4;
- Mock trials performed by elementary and middle school students from April 30 to May 3;
- Law Day Naturalization Ceremony and Citizen Outreach Program at the District Court of Guam on April 30;
- A Law Fair at the Micronesia Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5; and
- Law Day art and essay contests.