Members of the Carter County Bar Association will join lawyers across the state tonight in offering free legal advice via telephones during  “Ask A Lawyer.”


 


The annual “Ask A Lawyer” is part  of the Carter County and Oklahoma Bar Association’s observance of national Law Day.


Members of the Carter County Bar Association will join lawyers across the state tonight in offering free legal advice via telephones during  “Ask A Lawyer.”

 

The annual “Ask A Lawyer” is part  of the Carter County and Oklahoma Bar Association’s observance of national Law Day.

 

Carter County Bar President Michael Tipps appointed Melanie Blackburn and Todd Hicks as the 2010 County Law Day co-chairpersons. Blackburn and Hicks worked in conjunction with the state bar’s Law Day Committee to coordinate the local Ask A Lawyer call-in event which will be conducted from 7-9 p.m. Area residents can speak directly to local attorney’s by calling (580) 223-5253.

 

This is the 32nd year the OBA has offered “Ask A Lawyer” as part of the Law Day celebration.

 

“We hope all Oklahomans will take advantage of this free community service,” said OBA President Allen Smallwood. “We’ve recruited hundreds of attorneys to answer callers’ legal questions at no cost. It’s all part of our annual Law Day effort to teach the public more about their rights and the role the legal system plays in our lives.”

 

An “Ask A Lawyer” television program will also air tonight 7 p.m. on OETA stations across the state. The show is designed to share information about legal issues in easy-to-understand language.

 

Though Law Day is celebrated across the country, it was Wewoka attorney and 1953 OBA President Hicks Epton who originally had the idea of celebrating the law and how it affects our lives. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day nationally by proclamation in 1958; in 1961 Congress set aside the first of May as a day for the American people to celebrate their liberties and their ideals of equality and justice under the law.