By Kathy Chouteau
Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) will be the keynote speaker and Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton the mock trial judge at the 19th Annual East Bay Law Day Fri., May 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. The theme for this year’s virtual event is “Advancing the Rule of Law Now.”
During the event a Mock Trial will take place featuring students from De Anza, Kennedy and Richmond High Schools, as well as Salesian Prep Academy. Law Day activities will also include a breakout session focusing on the present day significance of the rule of law and featuring attorneys and other law enforcement from across Contra Costa County.
According to organizers, Law Day is an annual commemoration launched in 1957 when American Bar Association (ABA) President Charles Rhynes envisioned a national day to mark our country’s commitment to the rule of law. Following President Dwight D. Eisenhower first Law Day Proclamation in 1958, Congress made Law Day official in 1961 when it issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for observance.
“The Richmond Police Officers Association (RPOA) recognizes youth voices and problem solving within the criminal justice system. Youth in the community should be part of the ongoing conversation for any changes in law enforcement. Hopefully young people will join us in this effort and be the change they want to see. That is why we support East Bay Law Day Group and their vision to get young people to pursue a career in the criminal justice field,” said Ben Therriault, president of the RPOA, a key event sponsor.