Miami students celebrated Law Day on May 1 with mock trials, hanging out with federal judges and plenty of legal discourse.
Over 100 students from Miami Central and Hialeah high schools met with U.S. District Court Judge Laurel M. Isicoff, and several 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, the Southern District Courts of Florida, the Federal Bar Association and Miami-Dade Public Schools. Civil rights attorney Matthew Dietz and the law firm Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel also contributed.
In 1958, President Eisenhower declared what was previously known as May Day to be “Law Day.”