Published on Friday, May 1, 2015
By THEO KARANTSALIS
Miami students celebrated Law Day on May 1 with mock trials, hanging out with federal judges and plenty of legal discourse.
Dozens of students from Miami Central and Hialeah high schools met with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Laurel Isicoff, and local attorneys, at the James Lawrence King Federal Justice Building for a five-hour Law Day program that included watching court in session.
At Brownsville Middle School, students filled its auditorium to watch peers conduct a
mock trial while being observed by as U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Cooke and School
Board Member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall.
Students also honored the rule of law on the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta as well as learned how it inspired basic rights including due process.
The Law Day events were a collaboration between District Court Judges Beth Bloom and
Laurel M. Isicoff, Civil rights attorney Matthew Dietz, the Southern District Courts of Florida, the Federal Bar Association and Miami-Dade Public Schools. The law firm Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel also contributed.
In 1958, President Eisenhower declared what was previously known as May Day to be “Law Day."
Students from Miami Central high school attended a Law Day event on May 1 with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Laurel Isicoff (second from left), and local attorneys, at the James Lawrence King Federal Justice Building. (THEO KARANTSALIS/FOR THE MIAMI HERALD)
Students at Brownsville Middle School who served as jurors, witnesses and attorneys in a mock trial during Law Day, take a group photo with U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Cooke (fifth from right), School Board Member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (seventh from right), attorneys and school officials. (THEO KARANTSALIS/FOR THE MIAMI HERALD)