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Law Day Celebration on May 7 at R. J. Hughes Justice Complex

For immediate release: April 30, 2010
For further information contact:
Winnie Comfort or Tammy Kendig 609-292-9580

The Judiciary will celebrate Law Day on Friday, May 7, with a number of events at the R.J. Hughes Justice Complex and at courthouses around the state.  The national theme for this year’s Law Day is “Law in the 21st Century:  Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges.”  Videotaped remarks by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner marking the occasion can be viewed online beginning Monday, May 3 at judiciary.state.nj.us.  In his remarks, Chief Justice Rabner discusses the Judiciary’s efforts to address challenges posed by changing social forces, economic pressures and new technologies while upholding ideals such as fairness, equal access and public trust and confidence. 

"Law Day provides us a chance to reflect on the importance of the rule of law in our society," said Chief Justice Rabner. “As we celebrate Law Day, let’s think of how we can work to address the challenges of the future without sacrificing our primary responsibility to resolve disputes and guarantee equal justice under the law, consistent with the ideals of our democratic society.”

The list of statewide Law Day activities can be found at judiciary.state.nj.us.

In addition to vicinage events, a Law Day celebration will be held at the Hughes Justice Complex, 25 Market St., Trenton.  The event will be co-hosted by the Judiciary, the Department of Law and Public Safety and the Office of the Public Defender.

Chief Justice Rabner will officiate at a naturalization ceremony for 50 new citizens at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the Justice Complex.

New Jersey Public Defender Yvonne Smith Segars will speak to invited youth from the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) at 11 a.m. about the differences between the juvenile and adult justice systems. 

Public Defender Segars said, "Law Day is an excellent opportunity to educate our youth on how our Constitution is designed to ensure that in our system of justice, everyone is entitled to equal protection under the law, including the right to counsel and effective legal representation. We are happy to host this event in honor of Law Day."

At 1 p.m., Carolyn A. Murray, counsel to Attorney General Paula Dow, will speak to assembled youth, Justice Complex employees and members of the public in the Justice Complex lobby.  Her remarks will address the Law Day theme.

“There are indeed many challenges to be faced by the legal system as we near the completion of the first decade of the 21st century,” said Attorney General Dow.  “For more than 200 years we have committed ourselves that the system of laws that keeps us safe and helps us to prosper as a nation endures.  Law Day is a reminder that we must rededicate ourselves to our founding legal principles.”

Reporters and photographers who wish to attend the naturalization ceremony or the lunchtime lecture should call the Judiciary press office at 609-292-9580 to make arrangements. 

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Residents from the JJC will attend the naturalization ceremony and the lecture.  New Jersey State law protects the confidentiality of juveniles placed with the JJC (N.J.S.A. 2A:4A-60). 

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