Tuesday, April 30, 2013
May 1 is Law Day in the United States. The theme of Law Day 2013 is "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All." The American Bar Association (ABA) is urging lawyers to rededicate themselves to one of the fundamental tenets of the profession - justice and equality for all. Here is a description from the ABA Law Day website:
"The promise of equality under the law is what has made America a beacon to other nations. It is a pledge clearly set forth in the Declaration of Independence and in the opening words of the Preamble of the Constitution, “We the People.” It is, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, the proposition to which
our nation is dedicated.
The year 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1963, during the Proclamation’s centennial, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and called upon our nation to live up to the great promise, enshrined in its founding documents, of equality for all. Five decades later, the inspirational words of Rev. Dr. King’s "I Have a Dream” speech continue to resonate and challenge us to live up to our national ideal of equality under the law. The legacy of the Civil Rights Movement can be seen in the strides that have been made against discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability, and sexual orientation.
Law Day, May 1, 2013, will provide an opportunity to explore the movement for civil and human rights in America and the impact it has had in promoting the ideal of equality under the law. It will provide a forum for reflecting on the work that remains to be done in rectifying injustice, eliminating all forms of discrimination, and putting an end to human trafficking and other violations of our basic human rights. As Rev. Dr. King pointed out in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
For more information and resource materials, visit the ABA Law Day website.
Monday, April 29, 2013
The International Law Institute in Washington, DC and the African Center for Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE) have been working towards building legal infrastructure across the African continent for the past 15 years. ILI-ACLE has assisted in the drafting of laws, strengthening of judicial systems and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to promote good governance and anti-corruption. ILI-ACLE is seeking American Bar Association (ABA) lawyers and judges with at least 10 years of experience to join its efforts to strengthen the capacity of African lawyers and judges and other professionals in areas including the negotiation and drafting of contracts and litigation techniques to improve the competitiveness of the region. Air travel and accomodations to ILI-ACLE's training center in Kampala, Uganda and other global training centers will be arranged by ILI-ACLE. For more information, visit the ILI-ACLE website.