Bessemer Law Day to be held Friday; events include high school oratorical contest
BESSEMER, Alabama - A high school oratorical contest, a reception honoring a retired Bessemer Cutoff judge, and a meet-and-greet event with local and federal elected officials are among the activities set for Bessemer Law Day on Friday.
Congressman Spencer Bachus and Congresswoman Terri Sewell are among the area elected officials expected to join Bessemer Cut-off Division lawyers and judges for the Law Day events planned for 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Jefferson County Bessemer Justice Center.
"I am pleased that Congresspersons Bachus and Sewell, and Jefferson County Commissioners Jimmie Stephens and Sandra Little Brown are among the area elected officials who are expected to attend and give brief remarks during the Bessemer Law Day events," according to a statement from Bessemer Cutoff Senior Circuit Judge Eugene R. Verin.
Law Day activities will include an oratorical contest involving winners from individual competitions led at participating Bessemer Cut-Off high schools, according to a press release. Students will deliver their essays on the 2014 American Bar Association Law Day Theme "American Democracy And The Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters."
A reception will be held to recognize retired Circuit Judge Daniel J. Reynolds, Jr., who was an attorney in private practice until 2011 after serving as Presiding Circuit Judge, Jefferson County, Bessemer Division, from 1984 - 1997. Judge Reynolds also was a commissioned officer and lawyer in the U.S. Army in Vietnam; and District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney for the Bessemer Cut-Off.
Two others will be honored posthumously for their work:
- Civil Rights Lawyer David Hood, Jr. will be honored for his distinguished service as a U.S. Armed Forces serviceman; Judge for Roosevelt City, Brighton City, and Hobson City, Ala.; and for being a civil rights advocate.
- Circuit Clerk J.B. "Buzz" Vines will be honored for his long-standing public service as a World War II veteran; Deputy Sheriff; Bessemer Cut-Off Court Bailiff; and Bessemer Cut-Off Circuit Clerk.
The Bessemer Law Day festivities also will include a "meet and greet" to give attendees an opportunity to meet and interact with Bessemer Cut-Off elected officials, and other distinguished guests. "This is a good way for the community to see and speak to some of the men and women who serve the citizens of the Bessemer Cut-Off and beyond," Judge Verin stated.
Originally conceived by the American Bar Association in 1957 to mark a commitment to the rule of law, Law Day is an annual event made official in 1961 when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date of its celebration.
For more information about the Law Day event, contact Verin's office at 205-497-8580.