Attorneys across Oklahoma will provide free legal advice today during the 68th annual statewide celebration of Law Day.
Oklahoma City and Tulsa lawyers will staff the statewide toll-free hotline between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. today. The toll-free number to call is 800-456-8525 or email AskALawyer@okbar.org.
“This annual event gives us the opportunity to provide a much-needed community service,” said Oklahoma Bar Association President Chuck Chesnut of Miami. “Hundreds of volunteer attorneys will be standing by to take calls and emails. Wanting to help people is what motivated us to become lawyers, and we encourage Oklahomans with legal questions to call in.”
Lawyers in other counties will also be giving free legal advice. About 300 lawyers will be volunteering statewide.
The Ask A Lawyer free legal advice project is one of several events in which Oklahoma lawyers participate to observe Law Day. This year, more than 1,050 Oklahoma students entered the Law Day Art and Writing Contest. Other students are taking part in various Law Day activities, such as classroom visits from lawyers and judges and learning how legal rights and obligations change after one’s 18th birthday.
The accompanying Ask A Lawyer television program will air across the state at 7 p.m. Thursday on OETA. The show is designed to share information about legal issues in easy-to-understand language. This year’s topics are landlord/tenant law, the Oklahoma Innocence Project and divorce.
Why celebrate Law Day?
Though Law Day is celebrated across the country, it was Wewoka attorney and 1953 OBA President Hicks Epton who originally had the idea of celebrating the law and how it affects our lives in 1951. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day nationally by proclamation in 1958; in 1961, Congress set aside May 1 as a day for all Americans to celebrate their freedom and the ideals of equality and justice under the law.
More information about Law Day is available on the OBA website at www.okbar.org/LawDay.
The 18,000-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community.