Constitution Day – What Freedom do you celebrate?

The Constitution of the United States of America

My Fave? Article III of the Constitution

Maybe that’s an obvious choice for an attorney. Now, please don’t misunderstand, all of the freedoms noted in our venerable Constitution have a special spot in my heart. Tears still swell every time I hear the Star-Spangled Banner. I imagine looking out and seeing our flag still standing proud, even in the midst of a war for our continued independence from Great Britain.

Article III establishes the Judiciary. The Third Branch of Government. No, I won’t delve into Marbury v. Madison, although any law student could wax poetic on the landmark case.

But I am glad that each year we celebrate Constitution Day because it gives me a good excuse to review the grand document.

You don’t have to declare your favorite article or section, but do take a moment to reflect on the freedoms and the wisdom contained in the document with the preamble:

We the people of the United States,

in order to form a more perfect union,

establish justice,

insure domestic tranquility,

provide for the common defense,

promote the general welfare,

and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity,

do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

-RFW

Should 3Ls Provide Legal Representation: POLL

Read about a decision by the Ohio Supreme Court that allows 3rd year law students to represent Felony Defendants UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A LICENSED ATTORNEY!

The Rule.

Please feel free to add your own comments either within the poll or below.

Does this enhance access to justice? Or does it further disenfranchise people living in poverty?

-RFW

PS – Thanks to Commissioner Rangeley Chewning for pointing out the Ohio article!

Stay tuned for Guest Blogger Law Student Alex Hegji

Alex Hegji
Alex Hegji

 Some of you may remember Alexandra D. “Alex” Hegji, my summer law clerk. Well, she’s back on Fridays. She has volunteered to assist the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission this spring.

And she will write a few guest blog posts!

Alex is a 2L at USC School of Law and she has some blog-ideas in mind.

Welcome back Alex and thanks for volunteering!

-RFW