YOSEMITE – On May 2, the U.S. District Court, co-sponsored with the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will hold the second annual Law Day Yosemite in Yosemite Valley, to celebrate the Rule of Law and its contributions to the rights and freedoms all Americans enjoy.
The Rule of Law will be specially commemorated at the foot of majestic Yosemite Falls. Eighth graders from ten local schools have been invited to participate in the celebration of the Rule of Law, and approximately 250 students are expected to attend.
This year’s Law Day Yosemite celebration will focus on the 150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Land Grant of 1864, when President Abraham Lincoln, in the midst of a civil war tearing at the seams of the nation, had the vision to sign the Yosemite Grant Act which established Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove as the first protected wild land to be preserved for all time.
The eighth grade students have been invited to enter an essay contest explaining the significance of the Grant Act of 1864 to our country and citizens. Successful essays will address why legislation was necessary to protect places like Yosemite Valley, what might Yosemite be today without such protections, whether and why national parks are important to America and how we might inspire future generations to support the idea born of the Yosemite Grant Act.
Winners of the essay contest will be announced and awards given at the Law Day Yosemite celebration. Also on the program agenda are re-enactments by Abraham Lincoln, John Muir, Galen Clark and Teddy Roosevelt who will discuss with students their roles in creating and protecting Yosemite National Park.
Law Day Yosemite 2014 is a collaborative effort by the United States District Court, the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the National Park Service and the Delaware North Corporation and is funded by the United States District Court for Eastern District of California and the Federal Bar Association Foundation. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the program which will begin at 10 a.m. and will conclude at 12:30 p.m.
Please contact Carol Moses at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (559)449-9069) for additional information or any questions you may have.
When?: May 2, 2014 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park