May Day Protests and Respect for the Law
Posted May 1, 2007 11:48 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
May Day is a time for flowers, protests and respect for the law.
Demonstrators are staging May Day marches in cities across the country today to demand more rights for illegal immigrants.
Events were scheduled in Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, D.C. and other cities, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The outlook for immigration reform is uncertain, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The ABA notes that May Day is also Law Day, celebrating American liberties and respect for the law. ABA President Karen J. Mathis asks lawyers to celebrate the day by mentoring and helping youth who are caught up in the court system.
Lawyers in Hawaii are heeding the call. In Maui, 200 fifth-graders will stage a mock trial in a local courtroom Tuesday, while today, members of the West Hawaii Bar will speak to students about the law, the Advertiser reports.
In a Law Day editorial, the Bangor Daily News praised lawyers who are working to improve access to the civil justice system. The newspaper said that because the legal aid system is underfunded, five out of six people seeking free legal help are turned away.