Marshall, Justices Observe Law Day
The Queens delegation of Supreme Court Justices, wearing their traditional black robes joined Justice Augustus C. Agate of the Supreme Court, Tony D'Angelis, Chief Clerk of the Queens Supreme Court and Administrative Justice of the Supreme Court, Civil Division, Jeremy S. Weinstein to celebrate Law Day at Queens Supreme Court 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica on Monday, April 30. The program, titled "Liberty Under Law; Judicial Independence, Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy", featured special guest speakers Lieutenant Thomas Flynn of the New York State Court Officers, also Queens Coordinator for the New York State Court Tours Program, John Dietz, Esq., president of the Queens County Bar Association, and Tracy Catapano-Fox, Esq, president of the Queens County Women's Bar Association.
Although Law Day highlights the importance of the judiciary in maintaining American democracy, Catapano-Fox noted that a recent survey of high school age students revealed that most 16-year-olds knew the names of the Three Stooges, but only a few could name the three branches of government, and most did not include the judiciary.
Weinstein said, "The schools need to do a better job teaching our young people about our democracy and about morality. That is what is missing in the schools, the teaching of morals and the laws."
- Dan Miller