2017 Cochise County Law Day Celebration in Willcox Arizona

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Arizona Supreme Court Justice Scott John R. Lopez IV to give Key Note Address at 2017 Cochise County Law Day Celebration in Willcox, Arizona


On May 2, 2017, Arizona Supreme Court Justice John R. Lopez IV will be the keynote speaker for Cochise County’s 15th annual Law Day Celebration.  The event will be held at Willcox High School at 10:00 a.m.  This year’s theme is The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.  The public is encouraged to attend and to consider the subject posed by our speaker.


Law Day 2017 is the culmination of several weeks of activities featuring educational presentations to K-12 classes all across Cochise County. Again this year, schools across the County were invited to have their students participate in the popular Art and Essay contests to help illustrate the theme, The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.  Winners will be announced at the Law Day celebration.


The court is honored that Arizona Supreme Court Justice John R. Lopez IV has agreed to be our Law Day Speaker. Justice Lopez was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in 2017.  Prior to his appointment, he was Solicitor General for the State of Arizona in the Office of Attorney General where he handled civil lawsuits and appeals, as well as criminal appeals, including capital cases.  He worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix for over 12 years serving in various roles, including Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief Assistant of the Phoenix office, Chief of Financial Crimes and Public Integrity Section, and Deputy Appellate Chief.  He also served for six months in Iraq as a legal advisor with the Regime Crimes Liaison Office, the Department of Justice-led group tasked with assisting the Iraqi government with the prosecution of Saddam Hussein.  Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he worked in private practice with a Phoenix law firm as a civil litigator for several years.  He graduated from the University of Texas in 1992 and from the Arizona State University College of Law in 1998.


About Law Day

Law Day is an annual event, which was originally conceived in 1957 when American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes envisioned a special national day to mark our commitment to the rule of law.  The following year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the first Law Day.  Law Day was made official in 1961 when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day.  For more information on the program visit their website at www.americanbar.org