HOWLAND - With the message "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All," area youth who took part in Law Day 2013 activities learned the message that the legal system and laws of the land work to provide justice for all.
Mayor Doug Franklin, the event's keynote speaker, said each person's fundamental freedoms are linked with the importance of justice.
"We all live together under rules that tell us what is right and what is wrong and what is permitted and what is not permitted," Franklin said. "We know if one person's rights are denied, the rights of all us are threatened. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Franklin said in many ways "Law Day" is every day, and it is importance to reflect on the struggles of many in the past for civil rights and equality under the law.
"Together we can work and ensure that all citizens realize the dream of equality," he said.
Student artwork, essays and multimedia projects completed by local school students in grades first to 12th showcased that message and were displayed at Leo's Ristorante, where the event was held. Hubbard High School student Morgan McGowan presented her first-place multimedia project by sharing a song she wrote for equality.
Other programs highlighted at the event included the shadow program, where local high school students shadow attorneys, and the mock trial programs at Hubbard and Struthers high schools.
Jason Earnhart, president of the Trumbull County Bar Association, said he was very impressed by the participation of the local students in the program.
Judge Donald Ford said Law Day recognizes the respect for the role law has in society and for the individual freedoms provided for by the justice system while educating the public, and the area youth of the legal system.
Ford said the Trumbull County Bar Association has provided a variety of programs for local students to participate in, such as tours of the courthouse, mock trials and competitions.
At the event, attorney Richard Goodman was named Volunteer of the Year for his pro-bono assistance and service to low-income individuals in the community.