SWLA Bar Association plans for Law Day 2014 - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

SWLA Bar Association plans for Law Day 2014

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

In 1964 Congress passed the Civil Rights Act making discrimination illegal.  One year later, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 gave every United States citizen an equal right to vote.  Those two pieces of legislation are the focus of this year's law day.   

"It's basically to celebrate law and why we as Americans in society benefit from the laws that we have and how it's helped shape us and the country" said SWLA Bar Association President, Chantell Smith. 

Smith says equal voting rights makes up the fabric of this nation and this society. 

"It's what our country was founded on, it's what our country was based on" said Smith.  "Each individual having the right to be a part of the democratic process". 

Smith and other members of the southwest Louisiana bar send that message into the community, allowing students to participate. 

"We're really excited about our essay and poster competition" said Zita Andrus.  "It is one of our festivities that we send out to the community.  Specifically our elementary schools from pre-k to 5th grade who are able to write and do posters about our theme that we're having this year". 

Anna- Kate and Will Hankins participated in last year's poster contest, winning second and third place for their posters depicting equality; an ideal they will always remember. 

"Even if you have different skin colors or go to a different church you can be equal" said Anna Kate.  

"I think it's important for our youth to see what we do and to kind of talk about the importance of the laws and how it applies to their community" said Andrus.

Advocates for justice planting the seed early, to stand up for change in the future.  

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