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Harford Community College’s Paralegal Student Association sponsored its annual Law Day Dinner on April 30. The guest speaker was The Honorable Angela M. Eaves, Administrative Judge for the Circuit Court for Harford County. Paralegal students, political science students, and alumni from the College attended the event.

This year’s Law Day theme was “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.” The U.S. Constitution established a system of government with distinct and independent branches—legislative, executive, and judicial—and gave Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court separate and distinct powers, so that these three separate branches share power and serve as checks on the powers of the others. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” James Madison explained in Federalist 51, because he believed that the Constitution’s principles of separation of powers and checks & balances preserve political liberty. By preventing any one branch from becoming too powerful, they provide a framework for freedom.

Law Day is an annual commemoration first held in 1957 when American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes envisioned a special national day to mark our nation’s commitment to the rule of law. The following year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Law Day Proclamation. Law Day was made official in 1961 when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day.

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