Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton is set to be the keynote speaker at the 15th Annual Law Day event on Friday, May 4, which provides on opportunity for local high school students to meet potential mentors in the legal and law enforcement professions.
Hundreds of students are expected to attend the event set to be held at the Salesian Boys and Girls Club, 2801 Moran Ave., from a.m. to 2 p.m.
This year’s Law Day theme is “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom” and focuses on the U.S. Constitution’s independent branches: legislative, executive, and judicial, and their roles as checks and balances of government powers.
In addition, there will be a breakout session with attorneys, the FBI, and other law enforcement from across the county that will focus on the present day significance of the separation of powers and how it continues to preserve American liberties today.
Law Day is an annual commemoration first held in 1957 when American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes envisioned a special national day to mark our nation’s commitment to the rule of law. The following year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Law Day Proclamation. Law Day was made official in 1961 when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day.