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CBA Celebrates 2017 Law Day

Friday, May 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Connecticut Bar Association
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The Connecticut Bar Association's Civics Education Committee held its annual Law Day Celebration on Friday, May 5, at the Connecticut Appellate Court in Hartford. Students from CREC Public Safety Academy in Enfield were joined by CBA President-elect Karen DeMeola, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Civics Education Committee Chair Ralph Monaco, and committee members Jonathan Weiner and Kathy Calibey.

Law Day is a national effort to inform citizens about the importance of the law and the role it plays in our everyday lives. This year's theme, declared by the American Bar Association, was "The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy."

Students constructed essays based on a fact pattern presented to them about a 15-year-old boy named Carlos Sanchez who, although he was born in the United States, his mother's visa has expired. Carlos wants to try out for his high school's soccer team; however, at the request of parents within the school district, in order to participate in any high school athletic team program, students must establish his or her parents' residency.

CREC Public Safety Academy students were asked whether or not they believed that this ordinance is constitutional under Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment. The top three essay winners presented their essays to the appellate court judges. After their essay presentations, the students ate lunch at the Connecticut State Capitol where they each received citations from Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

 
CREC Public Safety Academy students with CBA President-elect
Karen DeMeola, CBA Civics Education Committee Chair
Ralph Monaco, and committee member Kathy Calibey.
 
CREC Public Safety Academy essay winners with CBA President-elect Karen DeMeola and Chief Judge Alexandra D. DiPentima.


Want to see more photos? Visit our Facebook page, to view our 2017 Law Day photo album!