The Leavenworth County Bar Association will hold its annual Law Day ceremonial at noon Wednesday in Courtroom No. 2 on the fourth floor of the Leavenworth Justice Center. The public is invited.
In 1958. President Dwight Eisenhower established Law Day as “a day of national dedication to the principle of government under law.” Commemorated annually since that date, Law Day programs are conducted throughout the country to promote better understanding of how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share.
This year’s guest speaker is Melanie Meier, District 41 representative in the Kansas House of Representatives. Meier was first elected to the Kansas House in 2008 and reelected in 2010 as District 40 representative. Because of legislative redistricting, Meier relocated to District 41 in 2012, and in November was again elected to serve constituents in the city of Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth.
Meier is a graduate of Leavenworth High School and also attended Saint Mary College in Leavenworth. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Kansas, where she was a member of Army ROTC and was honored as a Distinguished Military Graduate. Meier has served in both the Army and Army Reserve, including a tour in Iraq in 2009, and she joined the Kansas National Guard in 2010. In the House, Meier is ranking minority member of the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee and also serves on the Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee and the Transportation and Public Safety Budget Committee.
In her remarks, Meier will address important issues related to the theme for this year’s observance, “Realizing The Dream: Equality For All.”
Following Meier’s remarks, the Bar Association will present its annual Liberty Bell award to an individual who has provided exemplary public service to the citizens of Leavenworth County, and in doing so encouraged greater respect for law and the courts.