Written by Douglas L. Gordon, Esq. –
“Two things form the bedrock of any open society — freedom of expression and rule of law. If you don’t have those things, you don’t have a free country.” – Salman Rushdie
YOSEMITE – The Seventh Annual Law Day Yosemite will be held on Friday, May 3, beginning at 10 a.m., in Yosemite Valley to commemorate and celebrate our national ideals of liberty, justice and equality, and to rededicate ourselves to these principles and promote public education on the importance of the rule of law.
What better place to reflect on the foundations of our legal system than the jewel of the National Park Service – and our own glorious backyard – Yosemite National Park!
This year’s ceremony will feature keynote speaker Antigone Peyton, a Virginia attorney specializing in the intersection of law and technology, discussing the ways in which the technological marvels of our fast-paced digital age may be dramatically eroding whatever bits of privacy we have left.
Also included in the program will be the National Park Service Mounted Ranger Horse Patrol presentation of the colors, Lauren Boone’s solo National Anthem, the award-winning Clovis High School Jazz Band, as well as numerous Federal and State judicial officers and other dignitaries.
As in years past, we will have as many as 400 eighth-grade students in attendance being bused in from nine schools in the Yosemite area, including Mariposa, El Portal, Lake Don Pedro and more. Many of these students are also participating in the Law Day essay contest, and the top three prize-winning essays will be announced at the ceremony.
The Law Day theme this year, which will be reflected in the essays as well as the keynote talk, concerns “Unreasonable Search And Seizure in the Digital Age.”
Law Day Yosemite is sponsored by the San Joaquin Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in conjunction with the park concessionaire, Yosemite Hospitality LLC, as well as the National Park Service.
The public is invited. For more information please contact Carol Moses at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 559-449-9069.