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Law Week gives legal system a public hearing

The Hernando County Bar Association wants residents to "Celebrate Your Freedom" during this year's Law Week, which began Friday and ends Thursday.

The theme is designed to encourage people to think about the legal system and how it affords Americans freedom, fairness and equal justice for all.

"We often hear a lot of gripes about the law," said association President Gerrie Bishop. "We hope to show some people that (the American) legal system isn't perfect, but it's better than the alternatives."

The week includes a variety of activities:

+ Monday, 8:30-11:30 a.m. _ Attorneys will meet in the County Commission chambers at the Hernando County Government Center to offer free legal advice. Anyone who wants a one-on-one consultation on any legal matter may stop by.

+ Tuesday, 3-5 p.m. _ Judges will be guests on Bob Haa's radio talk show on WWJB-AM 1450. On Wednesday and Thursday, lawyers will appear on the show. The call-in number is 796-7272.

+ Thursday, 1 p.m. _ 4 p.m. A seminar on probate will be held in the County Commission chambers. Anyone with questions about wills, guardianship, trusts or other probate issues may question a panel of lawyers.

Columns written by bar members will appear on the Hernando Times opinion page. Public service announcements on constitutional issues will be broadcast on WWJB throughout the week. A round-table discussion of legal issues will be broadcast on HITV-Ch. 14 at an as yet undetermined time. Also, attorneys will speak at high schools; students who win the essay and poster contests will receive U.S. savings bonds.

All activities are free.

The Bar Association also is sponsoring a golf tournament, with the proceeds going to the Guardian Ad Litem program for the benefit of children involved in litigation.

For information, call the Bar Association office at 754-4284.

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