WATL Holds "Justice Lobby Day"

Event Marks The Academy's 50th Anniversary & National Law Day
Wednesday, April 25, 2007

MADISON - The Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers are celebrating their 50th Anniversary and Law Day, an annual federal distinction, by discussing a host of issues with legislators at the state Capitol during their lobby day today, Wednesday, April 25, 2007.

"The Academy's Justice Lobby Day is an important opportunity for our members to discuss our pro-consumer agenda," said Academy President Rob Jaskulski.  "We will also take this opportunity to debunk the lies of big business and bad corporate actors, and fight their anti-consumer initiatives."

Academy members will discuss a number of bills they oppose that would be detrimental to consumer protection and limit the public's right to justice.  Members will also voice their support for legislation aimed at creating a level playing field in a court of law for all Wisconsin citizens - bills that stand to benefit consumers.

"In the fight for justice, the Academy stands on the side of consumers," said Jaskulski.  "Whose side are big business and bad corporate actors on?"

The Academy's Justice Lobby Day also celebrates national Law Day, which is observed annually throughout the nation on May 1 as a day to celebrate the American jury and our system of civil justice for all.  The day was originally given this distinction by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958.

"It is fitting that the people of this Nation should remember with pride and vigilantly guard the great heritage of liberty, justice and equality under law which our forefathers bequeathed to us," said Eisenhower in his proclamation.  "It is our moral and civic obligation as free men and as Americans to preserve and strengthen that great heritage.

"The principle of guaranteed fundamental rights of individuals under the law is the heart and sinew of our Nation, and distinguishes our governmental system from the type of government that rules by might alone," said Eisenhower.

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