What do you think about when you hear the word “equality?” What does it mean to be equal?
Staff and students at Globe University in Minneapolis answered these questions on Law Day, which was May 1. The idea was inspired by Paralegal Program Chair Adam Spees, who found a way for the campus to get involved with Law Day 2013.
Law Day is an initiative set by The American Bar Association. The theme for Law Day 2013 was “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.” The year 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech.
All Americans are entitled to equal protection of the law and to the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…but what does this really mean and how does one express this into words and into action?
Adam took rolls of paper and spread them out in the student commons. Anyone who walked by was encouraged to write down what it means to be equal. Everyone had a different thought and used words to positively express equality. There was very high participation by the campus on this inspiring and thought-provoking project.
One student defined equality as, “Accepting, encouraging, thoughtful, kind, and motivation towards others. Embracing differences.”
Ian, another student on campus said, “We can only have equality when the laws that require it are no longer necessary.”
The Litigation class, which is taught by Adam Spees, invited David Schlesinger, Associate Attorney from Nichols Kaster, to speak of his experience with employee rights. David represents plaintiffs in individual cases and in class and collective actions. Adam said, “The class loved having David speak on employment law – they asked questions for hours.”
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