May 1 is Law Day, a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law, established in 1961 by joint Congressional resolution.
It underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share and also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in a constitutional democracy.
The 2017 Law Day theme is the “Fourteenth Amendment, Transforming American Democracy.”
The 14th Amendment addresses citizenship, due process, and equal protection clauses. It advances the rights of all Americans.
The amendment has supported and inspired landmark civil-rights legislation, including laws that bar discrimination in education, employment, and housing, and also recent rulings regarding voting rights, a priority of the League of Women Voters.
Law Day will be celebrated by the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County, the Informed Voters Project of the National Association of Women Judges, Miami Dade College, and WLRN, with an important voter education event, discussing why an independent judiciary is necessary.
This is an opportunity for voters to ask questions directly to a panel of state judges.
Panelists include Chief Judge Bertila Soto, along with judges Lisa Walsh and Sarah Zabel, both circuit judges, all of the Florida 11th Judicial Circuit. Tom Hudson, of WLRN, will moderate the panel.
The discussion is hosted by Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus and is free open to the public.
Details can be found at www.lwvmiamidade.org.
We encourage everyone participate in this discussion to celebrate Law Day, honor the protections of the 14th Amendment, and become informed voters.
SUSAN WINDMILLER, PRESIDENT, LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, MIAMI