“Miranda: More Than Words”

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Albuquerque Bar Association’s Law Day Luncheon.

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The Albuquerque Bar Association’s
Law Day Luncheon
Please join us!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

11:00 – 11:45 am – Networking
11:45 – 1:30 pm – Luncheon

Embassy Suites Hotel
1000 Woodward Place, NE., 87102

“Miranda: More Than Words”

Presented by:  Leonard Birdsong

The Albuquerque Bar Association is excited about its celebration of Law Day 2016, during which we will observe the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona.  We invite you to attend and to also consider participation as a sponsor. This year’s celebration will begin at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at the Embassy Suites. Our speaker will be Leonard Birdsong, Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School.  His presentation is entitled, “Miranda: More Than Words”

About Law Day

Since President Eisenhower’s establishment of Law Day in 1958, it has been a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law.  Law Day is meant to highlight how law and our legal process contribute to the freedoms we often take for granted in the United States, but are fundamental to our form of government.

About This Year’s Subject

In 2016, the nation marks the 50th anniversary of perhaps the nation’s best-known U.S. Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona. The Miranda Warning has become ingrained in law enforcement and has permeated popular consciousness through countless recitations in films and television shows. Yet Miranda is only part of the story when it comes to the procedures for ensuring justice. The 2016 Law Day theme — Miranda: More than Words — will explore the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.

About Our Speaker

Immediately after graduating from law school, Professor Leonard Birdsong was an attorney with the law firm of Baker & Hostetler. Later he served as a diplomat with the State Department with various postings in Nigeria, Germany, and the Bahamas. Professor Birdsong also worked as a federal prosecutor, first as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and later as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Virgin Islands. After leaving government service, Professor Birdsong moved into private practice in Washington, D.C. where he specialized in trial work in areas ranging from criminal defense to political asylum.

While in private practice, Professor Birdsong also was involved with broadcasting. He has offered on-air TV legal analysis for Fox News, CNN, Court TV, BET TV News, and WUSA Channel 9 in Washington, D.C. Today, Professor Birdsong occasionally appears as a legal commentator for Fox News and MSNBC.

Other Presentations

We will recognize the achievements of young New Mexicans who have shown an interest in the law, including the Gene E. Franchini High School Mock Trial State Champions and the awardees of the New Mexico State Bar Essay Contest.  We will also spend a few moments remembering those members of the Bar who passed over the past year.

How You or Your Firm/Organization Can Be Involved

We hope that there is strong participation by members of the legal community and partners in this year’s celebration of Law Day.  The luncheon is a prepaid event, open to lawyers and others who share an interest in the rule of law.  Please consider involvement as a sponsor or, if that is not possible, as an individual.

If you are interested in attending or sponsoring, or both, please contact the Albuquerque Bar Association by visiting our website: abqbar.org, by email:  TBeckmann@abqbar.org, or by calling (505) 842-1151.

Please register by noon on April 30,2016.


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