State Attorney General Jerry Brown will be the keynote speaker today at a Law Day luncheon at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
The annual event sponsored by the Stanislaus County Bar Association is held to celebrate the freedoms the legal system tries to protect.
The American Bar Association encourages groups to hold events in April or May to help the public understand the legal system.
Each year, the legal community gives a Liberty Bell Award to a person who has promoted a better understanding of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and an appreciation for the rule of law.
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This year the award goes to Sandy Lucas, manager of family court services in Stanislaus County Superior Court and a former regional director for the California Democratic Party.
The luncheon is for legal insiders who reserved seats weeks ago, but the court will sponsor Law Day at the Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 10. Officials will be on hand at Vintage Faire to talk about free legal assistance and mediation services the court offers and other programs.