Rule of law theme for NJSBF 2021 Law Day, county and affinity bar associations encouraged to apply for grants

By NJSBA Staff posted 01-08-2021 10:41


New Jersey county and affinity bar associations are encouraged to apply for grants from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) to fund programs for 2021 Law Day/Court Night, which this year has the timely theme “Advancing the Rule of Law Now.”

Law Day is an American Bar Association (ABA) program that is held every May 1 to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession.

As part of Law Day, the NJSBF’s Court Night programs help educate the public about how New Jersey’s court system works. Past programs have included essay contests and discussions with judges and lawyers about the law and the trial process.

“NJSBF stands for the rule of law and invites county and affinity bar associations to stand with us and apply for funding for their Court Night programs. As recent events in our country have shown, the need for educating the public on how our court system works is as acute as it has ever been in our history,” said Norberto A. Garcia, president of the NJSBF.

In a video about Law Day, ABA President Patricia Lee Refo described the rule of law as “the bedrock of American rights and liberties.”

Refo said the rule of law is “the idea that no one is above the law and everyone is treated equally under the law, [and] ensures a just and orderly society… Advancing the rule of law, especially during times of change or unrest, requires commitment and dedication.

The deadline for submitting applications is Jan 24.

For more information and an application, visit Questions may be directed to Mary Jean Barnes, director of administration and grant programs, at [email protected]