Smyrna Town Court to Celebrate "Law Day and Citizens Rights

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The Smyrna Town Court will celebrate Law Day on May 1 to commemorate the importance of the law, citizens’ rights and the rule of law in American society. 

An open house and art exhibition will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 1 at the Smyrna Justice Center located at 400 Enon Springs Road East. Area grade school students will be showcasing art with themes associated with the law and justice. A brief program in the courtroom begins at 5:15 p.m. where Dr. John Vile, constitutional scholar and dean of the MTSU Honors College, will bring remarks.

“One of the many things that Law Day highlights is how our legal system strives to achieve justice,” Smyrna Town Judge Keta J. Barnes said. “We are excited to be able to sponsor activities to engage our local community.”


Earlier in the day, Barnes will be hosting Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary R. Wade at the Smyrna Rotary Club noon meeting where Wade will be the keynote speaker.

“Law Day also provides an exciting opportunity for the community to learn more about the role of courts and the importance of maintaining the integrity of the law. There will be something for the entire family,” Barnes said.


The idea of a national Law Day was conceived in 1957 by American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes. In 1958 President Dwight D. Eisenhower, established the first Law Day, and in 1961 the U.S. Congress issued a joint resolution making May 1 the official Law Day. 


For more information, contact the Smyrna Town Court at 615-355-5854.


Smyrna Town Judge Keta J. Barnes 

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