Friday, April 30, 2010

Law Day 2010 (Part II)

Congratulations to all involved in this year's Law Day ceremony, held earlier today in Lowell Superior Court. The primary organizers of the event were the judges and staff of the Lowell Juvenile Court and the Greater Lowell Bar Association. After a formal opening of the court session by Assistant Chief Court Officer Wayne McDaniel, the Lowell High Junior Air Force ROTC elite color guard presented the colors, the pledge of allegiance was led by students from the Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School and the National Anthem was sung by by Tiernan O'Rourke, a young man with a wonderful voice.

After welcoming remarks were made by Judges Patricia Flynn, Christine McEvoy and Barbara Pierson and a proclamation from the city of Lowell was presented by Kevin Broderick, vice chair of the city council, the five entrants in the essay contest read their speeches. They were:

George Murphy of Dracut High (winner)
Elizabeth Pepe of Notre Dame (second place)
Molly Black of Lowell Catholic (honorable mention)
Joshua Bradbury of Greater Lowell Tech (honorable mention)
Kevin Sorota of Lowell High (honorable mention)

After the speeches (which were all excellent and well-presented), the Lowell High School Chorus entertained the audience with a medley of patriotic songs. At the end of the formal program, the Bar Association treated everyone to a luncheon.

This was the sixth year that the Juvenile Court and the bar association hosted this event. These days, everyone is so busy that people often pass on participating public events like Law Day, but these types of activities play a very important and positive role in our civic culture and are deserving of our full support.

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