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For Immediate Release

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May 29, 2013 Deputy U.S. Marshal Garrett Hawk
Eastern District of Louisiana (504) 589-3131
Eastern District of Louisiana Supports New Orleans Bar Association's Law Day

New Orleans, LA – U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Louisiana Genny May announced that deputies from the Eastern District of Louisiana supported the New Orleans Bar Association’s 2013 Law Day. The Honorable Judge Sarah Vance, Chief Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana U.S. District Court, hosted 20 students from Schoeffner Elementary and Hurst Middle School. Chief Judge Vance explained the Federal court and legal system and the path to become a lawyer. The students then presented skits portraying pay disparity among men and women athletes. The program concluded with deputies, with the help of an ATF canine handler, providing an overview of the U.S. Marshals Service and a demonstration by one of the ATF’s explosive detecting canines, Madison.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1963, during the Proclamation’s centennial, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and called upon our nation to live up to the great promise, enshrined in its founding documents, of equality for all. That address would become known as the “I have a Dream Speech”.

The theme for this year’s Law Day was Realizing the Dream: Equality for All. The goal of the Day was to provide an opportunity to explore the movement for civil and human rights in America and the impact it has had in promoting the ideal of equality under the law. It provided a forum for reflecting on the work that remains to be done in rectifying injustice, eliminating all forms of discrimination, and putting an end to human trafficking and other violations of our basic human rights. As Rev. Dr. King pointed out in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

The deputies from the Eastern District of Louisiana showed the students how the U.S. Marshals Service played a role in support of this year’s theme. They provided the students with examples of the agency leading the way for integration in reluctant communities, sometimes against states governments that were gravely opposed to making that change. The examples provided were the McDonough 3/Ruby Bridges, the Little Rock 9, and James Meredith of the University of Mississippi.

For more information on the New Orleans Bar Association please visit http://www.neworleansbar.org/. For information about Law Day visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/initiatives_awards/law_day_2013.html

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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