On May 1, almost 500 people, mostly students, attended Juneau's third annual Law Day activities in the Dimond Courthouse and in the Capitol.
Before the resounding success and overflowing attendance completely fade from our mid-term memories, a big thank you should be extended to all those who helped. The passage of time in no way diminishes the amount of work done, nor the depth of our appreciation.
The organizing committee co-chaired by Justice Bud Carpeneti and Judge Peter Froehlich, along with Sarah Trent, Bob Briggs and Ann Marie Palumbo, handled planning, logistics and publicity. The Juneau Empire and Tom Wagner on his KTOO radio show "Courtwatch" helped get the word out.
The Juneau Bar Association, including Rob Meachum, Susan Cox, Debra Holbrook, Tom Waldo and Lach Zemp presented a panel on "Law as a Career." Appellate arguments were presented by some of Gary Lehnhart's JDHS students to a panel of law clerks, including Mariana Aguilar, Ben Brown, Ethan Falatko, Blair Marlowe and Renee McFarland.
Our local judicial officers, including Justice Carpeneti and Judges Weeks, Collins and Froehlich and Magistrate Sivertsen, gave classes on an array of legal topics in a new "Law Day Academy."
Meanwhile, across the street in the Capitol, Bob Briggs organized a full day of activities with the Juneau legislative delegation and others to help nearly 100 students learn more about how laws are enacted. Attorneys Bart Rozell and Rep. Beth Kertulla assisted, along with various legislators from around the state.
Refreshments in the court building were provided by Costco, Foodland A & P and the court system, and a pizza lunch was provided in the Capitol by the Juneau Bar Association. The court system also provided a photo exhibit in the Dimond Courthouse lobby entitled "The US in Justice is . . . Everyone."
Again, the highlights of the day were the trials. This time the defendant was Goldilocks, who was charged with trespass and criminal mischief (breaking a chair). Just as in the trial of the Big Bad Wolf last year, one jury reached a guilty verdict but the other did not. The cast of the morning trial included prosecutor David Brower, defense counsel David Seid, his client Shelley Travis and witnesses Tres (Papa Bear) Lewis, Julie (Baby Bear) Willoughby, John (Big Bad Wolf) Boone, Renee (Baby Bear) McFarland, Faye (Mrs. Locks) Mullikin, Paul (Mr. Locks) Kinslow, Cyndie (Red Riding Hood) Browning and Blair (Mother Goose) Marlowe. Judge Froehlich, assistant judicial services officer Wally Scott, clerk Constance Croak and bailiff Susan Evans kept a semblance of order, but needed lots of help. The afternoon cast was comprised entirely of students from the Juneau Community Charter School who again showed impressive talent playing their roles convincingly without any notes or prompts. The morning cast provided most of their elaborate costumes for the students in the afternoon. Neither trial would have taken place without the tireless effort of Susan Evans and the costume help of Perseverance Theatre.
The Juneau School District, especially Peggy Cowan and Susan Arnold, cooperated to help a number of classes attend some of the Law Day activities. Teachers who brought their classes include: Chris Carte and Sara Hannon from Juneau-Douglas High School; several from the middle schools; Linda Augustine, Dawn Pisel-Davis, Sherie Ecklund, Karen Goodell, David Haas, Liz Miyasato and Kathy Obersinner from Harborview; Rosemarie Gleason from Auke Bay; and the faculty of the charter and Christian schools.
Because of the generous efforts of all those named, along with those we may have overlooked, Law Day 2002 helped us all live the theme, "Celebrate Our Freedom: Assuring Equal Justice for All."
Peter B. Froehlich, co-chair
Law Day 2002