Lawyers across Oklahoma will provide free legal advice on Thursday, April 28, during the annual statewide Law Day celebration. Oklahoma residents can call 405-493-9131 or 918-551-6022 to speak with a licensed attorney at no cost. Those with legal questions also have the option of emailing [email protected] to access the service.
“This is the 47th year that Oklahoma lawyers have provided this important community service,” said Oklahoma Bar Association President Jim Hicks of Tulsa. “The opportunity to help those in need is why many of us entered the legal profession, and at this year’s Ask A Lawyer event, we will have over 100 volunteer lawyers ready. to answer calls and e-mails.
The Ask A Lawyer free legal advice project is one of many events Oklahoma lawyers participate in to observe Law Day. This year, more than 1,300 Oklahoma students participated in the Law Day Art and Writing Contest.
Law Day is an annual national observance that aims to educate the public about their rights and responsibilities as Americans. Although he is nationally celebrated, his roots are right here in Oklahoma. Wewoka’s attorney, Hicks Epton, who served as OBA president in 1953, originally laid out a plan to celebrate the law and its impact on our lives. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day nationwide by proclamation in 1958; in 1961, Congress set aside May Day as a day for all Americans to celebrate their freedom and the ideals of equality and justice before the law.
More information about Law Day is available on the OBA website at www.okbar.org/LawDay.
The Oklahoma Bar Association, which has 18,000 members and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, was established by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and sustain learning, l integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct within the Oklahoma legal community.