Event will include panel that examines prominent New Jersey cases dealing with separation of powers
The Burlington Vicinage will hold its annual Law Day celebration on Tuesday, May 1, at 9 a.m. in the historic old courthouse, which is located at 120 High St. in Mount Holly.
Assignment Judge Ronald E. Bookbinder will read a proclamation designating May 1 as Law Day. Judge Gerard H. Breland will sing the national anthem and JROTC cadets from Pemberton Township High School will present the colors. Chief Justice Stuart Rabner’s video on this year’s Law Day theme “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom” will be shown.
A program sponsored by the vicinage and the Burlington County Bar Association will examine this year’s American Bar Association’s theme. Assistant Public Defender Kevin Walker will moderate a panel that includes Judges John A. Sweeney, Burlington County assignment judge, retired; Judge Dennis J. Braithwaite, J.A.D., retired; and Jude Del Preore, trial court administrator. Panelists will explore prominent New Jersey cases that touch upon the principles of separation of powers of a three-branch system of government. Judge Sweeney served in all three branches of government, serving as a member of the general assembly and counsel to the governor.
The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, Law Day was designated as “a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law.”