City Attorney’s Office hosts ‘Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society’ event at City Hall

Wednesday is Law Day, and the Sacramento City Attorney’s Office is hosting an event dedicated to the Fourth Estate and the crucial role it plays in our democracy.

The “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society” event will take place 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1 at Historic City Hall Chambers (915 I Street).

The event is open to public and refreshments will be served. Stop by and hear conversations with:

  • Joe Cerullo, Senior Deputy City Attorney, City of Sacramento
    Cerullo will discuss the history of the First Amendment including its English antecedents.
  • Leslie Jacobs, Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law
    Jacobs will discuss current issues under the First Amendment.
  • Anita Chabria, Reporter, Los Angeles Times
    Chabria will discuss current issues pertaining to freedom of the press.

Congress in 1961 declared each May 1 to be recognized as Law Day.  The day celebrates the role of law in our society and cultivates a deeper understanding of the rule of law.

The American Bar Association selects the theme for Law Day. “(F)reedom of speech and the press are among the most important foundations for a free society,” the ABA wrote on its website. “It is impossible to imagine a free society without these individual liberties, yet historical and current debates surrounding them continually challenge us to consider their boundaries and resilience.”

The Sacramento City Attorney’s Office has celebrated Law Day since 2010.

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