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In partnership with county bar associations, the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) launched the fourth annual statewide Law Day effort titled “One Nation Indivisible.” Beginning May 1 with kick-off events throughout the state and continuing through May 30, the Law Day celebration is bringing together close to 1,000 judges, lawyers and schools to help children learn about the law and our country’s strength and history.

The official statewide kick-off ceremony was held on May 1 at the State Capitol in Harrisburg and featured Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Thomas Saylor, PBA President Thomas Golden, PBA Law-Related Education Committee Co-chair Louis Teti and the Harrisburg High School Choir. The speakers talked with students from Shimmel Elementary School in Harrisburg about their experiences with the law and our country’s independence. In addition, the winner of the association’s statewide poster contest, a third grade student from Overlook Elementary School in Montgomery County, Pa., was announced.

“The events of September 11, 2001, left a lasting impact on all Americans, including our children,” President Golden said. “As we continue to work together to heal as a nation, we now have the opportunity and responsibility to teach children about our country’s strength and history. Words like freedom, democracy and equality can become commonplace in the classroom as we work with schools and parents to foster the spirit of America in our children.”

Throughout the month of May, lawyers and judges will visit classrooms across the commonwealth to talk with students about the law. Many local and county bar associations will host Law Day festivities, including courthouse tours and mock trials for students, Law Day luncheons and judicial visits.