The Atlanta Lawyer May 2017 - Page 13

The Atlanta Bar Association and the Fulton County Superior Court partnered to host nearly 230 mid- dle school students from around Atlanta at a Law Day program on April 27, 2017. The students were welcomed by this year’s honorary host, Judge Alford J. Dempsey, the Deputy Chief Judge of the Superior Court of Fulton County, and treated to inspirational speeches from trial attorney L. Chris Stewart and im- migration attorney Pamela Pey- nado Stewart. Many in the audience who aspire to become attorneys reported that the question and an- swer session with the Stewarts was their favorite part of the program. The students also participated in a game of Who Wants to be a Mil- lionaire, Law Day Edition, during which whiz kids competed for hot Cheetos. During this segment of the program, volunteers from the audience answered questions that were designed to teach the students about the long and winding road of the evolution of equal protec- tion to all citizens from the ratifi- cation of the 14th Amendment in 1868 through the Obergefell v. Hodges decision in 2015. The program was followed by lunch for the students in the atrium of the Fulton County Government Building, which had been appropriately decorated for Law Day. Planning for the annual Law Day program began last year. Volunteers from the Atlanta Bar, the Fulton Superior Court staff, GABWA, and law students from Georgia State University all collaborated this year to raise funds to buy the lunches for the students and put together a program that helped the students better understand the important contribution the 14th Amendment has made to what it means to be an American and how closely liberty is tied to equality and justice. ▪ The Official News Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association THE ATLANTA LAWYER 13