Carter County attorneys are joining their peers across the state in offering free legal advice Thursday in recognition of Law Day.
Brad Wilson, Carter County Bar Association Law Day Chairman, said local attorneys will be manning the phones from 6 to 8 p.m. Area residents wishing to “ask a lawyer” a question should call (580) 223-5253.
“We are incredibly excited. We look forward to participating in Ask A Lawyer every year,” Wilson said, adding 10 to 12 local attorney’s will be volunteering their time to answer questions via telephone throughout the event.
In addition, Oklahoma City and Tulsa lawyers will staff the statewide toll-free hotline at (800) 456-8525 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday. Spanish speakers may call the free legal advice hotline, where Spanish-speaking attorneys and translators will be available to take calls.
The "Ask A Lawyer" television program will also air at 7 p.m. on OETA stations The show is designed to share information about legal issues in easy-to-understand language. This year the three featured segments cover:
Sexual predators in schools Social media Elder law.
"This year marks the 35th year we have held the 'Ask A Lawyer' event in Oklahoma. It is our hope that the free legal advice provided by these attorneys helps individuals and families, but also serves as a reminder to Oklahomans of the rights and privileges they enjoy as citizens of this country. It's as important now as it ever has been to recognize and appreciate the value of our American legal system," said Oklahoma Bar Association President Jim Stuart.
Ask A Lawyer" is one of several events in which Oklahoma lawyers participate in observance of Law Day. This year, nearly 1,300 students statewide entered Law Day art and writing contests. Two local students were recognized this year for their efforts in the writing contest Ardmore Middle School eighth-grade Desaray Widner placed second and her classmate Faith Johnson received honorable mention in the OBA's Law Day Creative Writing Contest.
Other students throughout the state are taking part in various Law Day activities, such as classroom visits from lawyers and judges and learning how legal rights and obligations change after one's 18th birthday.