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LAW WEEK: AG Says Laws Exist To Protect All, Especially During COVID-19

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Attorney General Denise George is proud to recognize Law Day, Law Week, and Lawyers Well-being Week all during May. Law Day (May 1) and Law Week (May 18-24) celebrates the rule of law which protects the freedoms we all enjoy. Lawyers Well-Being Week (May 4-8) is dedicated to improving the wellness of those in the legal profession.

“The law is a system of rules that a society or government develops to deal with crime, business agreements, and social relationships,.” AG George said. “The rule of law is a set of principles, or ideals, for ensuring an orderly and just society. It is the bedrock of our community.

“Even in these difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic, when people are experiencing uncertainty, our laws seek to protect the health, safety, and well-being of every person throughout the territory. Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, many in the legal profession have transformed the system to ensure that the vital legal needs of the citizens are met.”

Nationwide this month, students learn about the role of the law in our society through a variety of lesson plans, attorneys and other legal professionals celebrate with luncheons and other events. Annually, V.I. Department of Justice attorneys also reaches out to schools to teach law and
explain the legal process. Many of this year’s celebration nationwide are virtual due to COVID-19.

This year’s theme is “Your Vote. Your Voice. Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100” looks at voting rights, as well as the importance of exercising those rights to effect change.

It celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote and prohibited discrimination for women.

It also recognizes the 150th anniversary of the 15th amendment to prohibit the denial of the right to vote based on race for African American men.

For more information about Law Day 2020, including its resources and related events, visit LawDay.org or the American Bar Association.

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