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Kansas Bar Association members provide resources for Law Day

Tuesday, April 12, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Kansas Bar Association members provide resources for Law Day

The Law Related Education Committee at the Kansas Bar Association has resources to assist the public in learning more about Miranda v. Arizona and the procedures for ensuring justice.

This year’s Law Day theme is “Miranda: More than Words” to mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miranda v. Arizona.

Resources include the March issue of Law Wise, a publication designed for educators and students that includes an overview and lesson plans. This issue also features comments from bar leaders about the importance of the Miranda decision. This free resource is available in hard copy and online. Kansas Bar Association members are available to speak on or around Law Day in classrooms or to organizations. In addition, KBA members are available to speak during Celebrate Freedom Week and Constitution Day in September.

Chair of the KBA Law Related Education Committee, the Hon. G. Joseph Pierron Jr., explains the progression of the view of the Miranda decision.

“The Miranda decision is one of the best known, if not the best known, United States Supreme Court decision. People who may not be conversant in such things as substantive due process (including many lawyers and judges) seem to feel comfortable and believe they understand the law behind the ‘Miranda warnings.’ After 50 years the decision has become a solid part of the legal background in this country and the public appears to accept it as an appropriate way to protect legitimate constitutional rights. While there was some resistance to it right after it was decided, it now seems to be seen as something quite necessary. If detectives begin questioning a subject in a television crime show without giving ‘The Warnings,’ many viewers will find something amiss.”

Congress established May 1 as the official Law Day in 1966 but it was President Dwight D. Eisenhower who proclaimed the day in 1958 to honor the role of law in the creation of the United States of America. President Eisenhower’s legal counsel, Charles S. Ryhne came up with the idea.

Each year the American Bar Association determines the 2016 Law Day theme. The goal with Miranda- More than Words is to generate an understanding of the procedures for ensuring justice and to explore the procedural protections afforded to all by the U.S. Constitution.

Visit www.ksbar.org/lawday to see all of the available resources. Please contact Anne Woods for additional information awoods@ksbar.org

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