Date(s) - 05/03/2016
Sonora, Tuolumne County. Tuesday, May 3, 2016. On May 3, 2016, Judge Donald Segerstrom and the legal community will host local high schools students and members of the public for what promises to be the kick-off event for many annual Law Day events in our county.
On May 1 of each year, the American Bar Association establishes a theme for Law Day, an annual community outreach event. This year’s Law Day theme is “Miranda: More than Words.” In 2016, the nation marks the 50th anniversary of perhaps the nation’s best-known U.S. Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona. The Miranda Warning, which was developed in response to this landmark ruling, apprises suspects being interrogated by police of their right to remain silent and their right to legal representation. This year’s theme provides an opportunity to explore our criminal justice system and the importance of procedural fairness and equal justice under the law.
In addition to a mock Suppression of Evidence Motion, in which Sheriff James Mele will serve as the arresting officer, there will be a dialogue on “Miranda: More than Words” presented by District Attorney Laura Krieg and Deputy Public Defender Dana Gross. High School students and public observers will be presented with hypothetical scenarios based on real life cases involving adults and juveniles to encourage thinking about our constitutionally guaranteed rights under the law. Once students have considered and indicated how they would rule, Judge Segerstrom will indicate what the actual ruling was. The presentation will serve both as an educational opportunity and a public forum for discussion on the significance of the Miranda ruling and law enforcement practices.
About Law Day
Law Day is an annual commemoration first held in 1957 when American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes envisioned a special national day to mark our nation’s commitment to the rule of law. The following year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Law Day Proclamation. Law Day was made official in 1961 when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day.