Harper Lee?s famous novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, begins with a quote by the English essayist Charles Lamb: ?Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.?
Perhaps Lee and/or Lamb was being ironic, but May 1, which is celebrated as Law Day, puts that quotation in a very literal and meaningful context.
The theme of Law Day 2007 is ?Liberty Under Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy.? The Law Library of Congress ? which houses ?the world?s largest collection of law books and other legal resources from all countries? ? is celebrating law?s central role in our society via the 7th Annual Leon Jaworski Public Program.
The panel, which begins at 4:45 p.m. today, focuses on ?Perspectives on Childhood and the Law.? Details can be found here. The discussion will be moderated by Karen J. Mathis, president of the American Bar Association.
The ABA has additional resources on Law Day at this link.