Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner
“No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom” – The theme for Law Day 2012 emphasizes the importance of the courts and their role in ensuring access to justice for all Americans.
As the president of the American Bar Association summarized the 2012 Law Day theme, “America’s courtrooms must be open to keep the wheels of justice turning. Even the most eloquent constitution is worthless with no one to enforce it.” From 1958, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the first Law Day, until the present, the events surrounding Law Day have focused on teaching the general public about the importance of the law on society and how it affects the everyday lives of all of us. What makes the United States unique in the world is its justice system. Because of funding shortages and cutbacks in court funding, serious impacts on individual access to justice could become more evident.
The American Bar Association is devoting Law Day 2012 to raising awareness of the vital importance of our courts and the need to keep them open and accessible. The 2011 nonpartisan ABA Task Force on the Preservation of the Justice Systems stated, “Given their historic role as the protectors of the least advantaged in our nation, the courts have rightly been called ‘Society’s Emergency Room.’ And never is that title so warranted as in times of economic distress. The same recession that has led legislatures to reduce access to our justice system has obviously increased the numbers of people who need it.”
For further information and ideas for Law Day activities and events, you may reference the American Bar Association’s Law Day 2012 Planning Guide.
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Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. The association recently named him “Trial Lawyer of the Year” (2011). He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers (2011 edition) and has been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2010)– national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.