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Ohio State Bar Association a Law Day Stop on ABA Presidential Tour

Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III visits state to highlight the issue of court underfunding

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 30, 2012 — In an effort to underscore the importance of funding our state courts, the _ President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III will speak at the annual convention of the Ohio State Bar Association on May 3.  The program takes place at the Duke Energy Convention Center (Grand Ballroom A) in Cincinnati at 8:30 a.m.

As part of Law Day 2012, Robinson is touring five states to highlight the crisis in court underfunding around the nation.  Ohio is his fourth stop in the presidential Law Day tour.  Robinson has participated in Law Day events in Florida, New York and Maryland.  His final Law Day stop will be in Kentucky on May 9.

The ABA presidential Law Day tour is part of several activities planned to focus attention on the Law Day 2012 theme, “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.”

According to the National Center for State Courts, 42 states cut funding for their judiciaries in 2011, which has hindered the courts’ ability to render access to justice for all Americans.  It also has placed families and businesses in jeopardy as courtrooms have been forced to close, shorten their hours and lay off staff. 

While Law Day is officially recognized on May 1, many civic groups and bar associations celebrate with month-long programs, presentations and events.

More information on the Ohio State Bar Association meeting is available here.

Envisioned in 1957 by then ABA President Charles S. Rhyne as a special national day of recognition, the first Law Day was established by President Dwight Eisenhower the following year.  Congress issued a joint resolution in 1961 designating May 1 as the official day to celebrate the nation’s commitment to the rule of law.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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