Each year lawyers and bar associations across the country celebrate Law Week, which this year is May 5-9. The purpose of Law Week is to promote a greater awareness and understanding of the work of the legal profession and the laws and legal system under which we are all governed. This year's theme is "The Rule of Law: Foundations for Communities of Opportunity and Equity."
The Hernando County Bar Association has coordinated a number of events in which the community is invited to attend and participate. The various programs are meant to be both entertaining and informational with the underlying purpose of promoting a greater understanding of our legal system. Some of the events are open to the public and others are designed specifically for educational purposes for select audiences.
For example, the Hernando County Bar Association believes strongly in educating our youth on the inner-workings of our judicial system and will be conducting mock trials. A number of classes from local schools have been invited to attend the trials and we are hopeful the participation in the event is as strong as it has been in the past.
The following schedule lists programs and activities that are open to the public. I strongly encourage the community to take advantage of the various activities and programs.
• Law Week Radio Show: Each morning during Law Week a number of local attorneys and judges will participate in a radio call-in show on 1450 AM, WWJB. The shows will air from 9 to 11 a.m. Members of the community are encouraged to listen to the show and participate by calling in with questions or comments.
• Oral Arguments with the 5th District Court of Appeals, Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to noon. The 5th District Court of Appeals will hold oral arguments on a number of cases in the Historic Courtroom (Courtroom A) at the Hernando County Courthouse. Seating is limited.
• Annual Golf Scramble, Brooksville Country Club: Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The annual Golf Scramble is the Hernando County Bar Association's primary fundraiser and is held each year during Law Week. All proceeds from the event are used to fund scholarships for local students pursuing degrees in law-related fields. For information, call Jason Melton at (352) 666-2121.
• Estate Planning and Real Estate Seminar, Thursday, 10 a.m., County Commission Chambers on the 1st Floor of the Courthouse. The Estate Planning and Real Estate seminar will be held in the County Commission chambers and will consist of a panel of local estate planning and real estate attorneys who will provide a general seminar and field questions from the public on these topics.
• Ask-A-Lawyer, Friday 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., County Commission chambers on the first floor of the courthouse. The Ask-A-Lawyer event is held each year and a number of local attorneys will be on hand to take questions from the community on a broad range of topics.
• In addition, later this week several guest columns written by members of the Bar Association will be published on this page.
Sean Hengesbach is vice president of the Hernando County Bar Association.