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Law Day 2014 events put focus on democracy, voting rights and rule of law

High school students from around Maryland gathered at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center in Towson on Thursday for the Law Day 2014, presented by the Maryland State Bar Association’s Public Awareness Committee and Citizenship Law Related Education Program.

This year’s theme was “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” The day-long program included several additional speakers, including a keynote speech by Judge Pamila J. Brown and an overview of the struggle to preserve the right to vote by Khyla Craine, Charles Hamilton Houston legal fellow of the NAACP.

The event was one of several commemorating Law Day. The federal courthouse in Greenbelt also hosted students from Potomac, Surattsville, Central and Laurel high schools, who participated in a moot court exhibition and other activities. According to the Associated Press, the keynote speaker was Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler.