On June 15, Magna Carta turns 800. This document, signed by King John in 1215, is the framework for the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. Throughout the week a delegation of 600-800 attorneys will be in London to participate in commemorative meetings and events highlighting what is widely viewed as one of the most important legal documents in the history of democracy.
The KBA has been recognizing the anniversary of Magna Carta with a special column by its president Gerald L. "Jerry” Green, a historical article by University of Kansas School of Law professor Michael L. Hoeflich and through lesson plans for educators and students in the March edition of Law Wise. To view the articles, visit http://www.ksbar.org/magnacarta.
Green encourages KBA members to appreciate the fact that Magna Carta planted the seeds for the concept of due process.
"As we prepare to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, I urge all of us to embrace the rule of law, even when we don’t really want to,” he said. "The rule of law is what distinguishes us as a country and state from those who don’t believe in or support it. It is what I am most proud of as an attorney and as a citizen of the United States and of Kansas.”