Sussex County Bar Association Hosts Annual Law Day Celebration

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The Sussex County Bar Association will welcome the public to the annual Law Day celebration on Tuesday, May 1st, at 7:00 p.m., at the historic Sussex County Court House in Newton.  

Law Day 2018, “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom” will reflect on the fundamental separation of the three branches of government as delineated in the Constitution and consider the interaction of legislative, executive and judicial powers in American government.  The event will also honor the success of the Mock Trial team from High Point Regional High School, and recognize the career of local attorney Kevin Kelly.  Sussex County Bar Association President Robert B. McBriar, Esquire, will be on hand to greet all guests.  The Law Day Brass Band will provide patriotic music and refreshments will be catered by Café Pierrot.  Law Day USA is a celebration of the Rule of Law in the United States which was first proclaimed in 1958 by President Eisenhower.  The event occurs annually on or near the first day of May.  

At the Law Day celebration, Mark Hontz, Esquire, will offer a lecture on the framework for freedom established by the American system of government with its three distinct and independent branches, Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court. 

Each year the Sussex County Bar Association selects a member of the legal profession whose lifetime service to the law merits recognition at Law Day.  This year, Kevin Kelly, Esquire, will be honored for his service to the practice of law.  A member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Kelly is a partner in the Newton firm of Kelly & Ward.  As a general practice attorney, Kelly has wide-ranging expertise in all areas of the law, including business, municipal and real estate, civil and personal injury.

The Law Day celebration will also recognize the award-winning High Point Regional High School Mock Trial team which progressed to the northern regional finals, beating teams from seven other Sussex County high schools along the way.  The Mock Trial Competition is sponsored annually by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation to provide high school students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and careful fact analysis.  During the event, each team must present a case to a judge, with students serving as witnesses and attorneys.  Each team is judged based on their performance, with local attorneys volunteering as coaches.

Law Day is cosponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and made possible through funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey.  For additional information about the Foundation’s other law-related activities, please call 1-800-FREE-LAW or visit the Foundation on the Web at

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