In honor of Law Day, May 1, a national holiday recognizing the rule of law, the Houston Bar Association is sponsoring programs to educate children, teens and adults, as well as offering extended hours for its free legal advice program, LegalLine. The extended LegalLine program will be held on Wednesday, May 7, from noon until 9:00 p.m. The public is invited to call the Houston Bar Association at 713-759-1133, where volunteer attorneys will answer simple legal questions, give brief legal advice, or refer the caller to the appropriate social service or legal aid agency for further assistance.
This year's Law Day theme is "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters." The Houston Bar Association has planned a number of other community service programs in celebration of Law Day:
- From late April through early May, attorneys and judges will read the book, Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote to elementary students in 100 classrooms throughout school districts and private schools in Harris County. For participating schools, contact Tara Shockley at 713-759-1133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- On May 1, HBA President David Chaumette, Harris County Administrative Judge Robert Schaffer and District Clerk Chris Daniels will pass out pocket-size copies of the Constitution to all citizens who report for jury duty at the Harris County Jury Assembly Room.
- Also on May 1, the HBA and the Harris County Judges will present the annual Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards for outstanding pro bono legal services to law firms, a corporation and an individual in a noon ceremony at the Civil Courthouse.
- Attorney/judge teams will hold interactive “Dialogues” on the importance of voting in a number of high school classes in late April through mid-May.
- Law Day posters created by elementary and middle school students will be on display in several office buildings and courthouses in downtown Houston from April 28 until May 9.