/ May 1, 2012

No Courts. No Freedom. No Justice.

All of us at Fastcase wish you a Happy National Law Day!

Today the White House issued a proclamation re-affirming President Eisenhower’s declaration of National Law Day in 1958. In Obama’s proclamation, he announced the theme of this year’s Law Day which is “No Courts. No Freedom. No Justice” which is meant to

“recall(s) the historic role our courts have played in protecting the fundamental rights and liberties of all Americans. Our courts are the guarantors of civil justice, social order, and public safety, and we must do everything we can to enable their critical work. The courthouse doors must be open and the necessary services must be in place to allow all litigants, judges, and juries to operate efficiently. Likewise, we must ensure that access to justice is not an abstract theory, but a concrete commitment that delivers the promise of counsel and assistance for all who seek it.”

Fastcase’s own President Phil Rosenthal, had this to say as a reflection on the theme of this Law Day:

“We should recognize the amazing work being done by bar leaders around the country to preserve an independent judiciary and fight for equal access to justice.  Without their tremendous work we may actually face a reality of ‘No Courts. No Freedom. No Justice.’

Today’s legal scene is a never-ending uphill battle.  Fine judges are facing recall because they “did not follow the law.”  Many state judicial branches face horrendous budget cuts.  For example, the California judiciary lost 30% of its budget in four years and more cuts are coming.  IOLTA funds have shriveled and government funding of legal aid and legal services is never enough. And that is just the beginning…

Fortunately, there is hope because of the valiant battle being fought by Bar leaders.  Bars do so much work to inform legislators, fill the gap in civic education left by our school systems, fight for funding for the judiciary and for legal services for the poor, and oppose radical referenda.  Without them the slogan ‘No courts; No Freedom; No Justice’ would not be a warning, but a prediction for our future.”

At Fastcase we are privileged to be partnered with numerous Bar Associations around the country and this Law Day we would like to send our deepest gratitude for the work they do and their commitment to the spirit of this year’s Law Day theme.

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