Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society

Law Day is held on May 1st every year to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession.

The 2019 Law Day theme—Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society—focuses on these cornerstones of representative government and calls on us to understand and protect these rights to ensure, as the U.S. Constitution proposes, “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.”

We have many events planned in celebration of Law Day!

Lawyers Without Rights Exhibit

Entire month of May at our Downtown & North County locations

We are honored to host the to the national traveling exhibit, Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich, at our Downtown and Vista locations for the month of May.   The exhibit was created by the American Bar Association and examines how the Nazi government in Germany used legislation, degradation, and humiliation to drive Jewish attorneys and judges out of the legal profession. This exhibit explains how the rights of Jewish legal professionals were whittled away, and tells the personal stories of twenty-five Jewish men and women that were practicing law in Berlin.

There is no better way to celebrate our Law Day theme of Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society, than to lean from history how important it is to protect our rights and our Constitution.

The exhibit will be on display from Wednesday, May 1st through Friday, May 31st. We are planning more events around the exhibit, and more information will be forthcoming in our Newsletter and on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so stay tuned!

Lawyers Without Right: the Fate of Jewish Lawyers in Berlin After 1933, a traveling exhibition, is presented by the American Bar Association and ABA Center for Human Rights. The American Bar Association has created a book titled Lawyers Without Rights: The Fate of Jewish Lawyers in Berlin after 1933, based on the traveling exhibit, which is available at both the Downtown and Vista libraries.

Opening Reception & Special Guest Speaker

Thursday, May 2nd  6pm to 8pm   $20

Downtown Law Library – 1105 Front Street

Join the San Diego Law Library and ADL San Diego for the opening of the American Bar Association’s moving exhibit that tragically portrays what can happen when the rule of law disappears. Our Special Guest speaker, Richard “Rick” Barton, will discuss the importance of the rule of law and an independent judiciary. Seating is limited for this amazing event, so register today!

Law Day Celebration in City Heights

Saturday, May 4th  9:30am to 2:30pm

City Heights Weingart Library – 3795 Fairmount Ave San Diego 92105

Join us for City Heights Law Day! Free presentations by the ACLU, ACCE Action, local journalist, and community leaders! Free consultations with volunteer attorneys are also available. Reference librarians representing the San Diego Law Library will be on hand to discuss our resources and services.

Free Speech Event – Fake News

Monday, May 6th    6 pm to 7 pm * Free Event

Chula Vista Library, Civic Center,

On the topic of “free speech,” we are co-hosting an event with The Chula Vista Public Library at the Civic Center Branch entitled “Fake News. Shoddy News. Good News.”  During this event, Executive Director and Editor of inewsource, Lorie Hearn, will discuss how to analyze and think critically about news sources in her 60 minute presentation. Learn more about this FREE community event!

Free Legal Clinic – North County

Tuesday, May 7th 11:00am to 5:00pm

Vista County Library – 700 Eucalyptus Ave, Vista CA

People will be seen on a first come, first served basis.

This Free Legal Clinic is in partnership with the San Diego County Library and the North County Bar Association. Attorneys will assist people in the following areas of law: Family, Civil, Criminal, Debt Collection, Bankruptcy, Immigration.