The State Bar of Michigan will sponsor the Michigan Talk Network's "Big Show" on Law Day, Thursday, May 1, to help educate and inform listeners about important legal issues. This special edition of the show will be a live remote broadcast from SBM headquarters in downtown Lansing.
Law Day, which was established by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1958, is a day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. It underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share. This year's Law Day theme is, "The Rule of Law: Foundation for Communities of Opportunity and Equity."
"Law Day is particularly significant to all lawyers in every kind of legal practice, because lawyers fight every day to preserve and protect the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans," said Ronald D. Keefe, president of the State Bar.
The State Bar plans to highlight several programs during the broadcast to inform listeners of their legal rights, protect them from unlicensed practitioners, and assure equal justice for all regardless of income. Listeners can ask questions related to these matters on the air by calling (888) 900-9966 between 8 and 9 a.m.
The Michigan Talk Network's "Big Show" originates from Lansing's WJIM-AM each weekday morning from 5:30 to 9 a.m. and is simulcast on 10 radio stations statewide. Michael Patrick Shiels is the show's host.
Also in conjunction with Law Day, the Michigan Lawyers Auxiliary and the State Bar of Michigan will host an awards luncheon at the Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon will honor sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade winners of a statewide Law Day essay contest. The Hon. Stephen L. Borrello of the Michigan Court of Appeals is the featured speaker.