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Richmond, Fairfax groups set Law Day observances

“Free Speech, Fair Speech, Fear Speech: Civil Discourse in a Volatile World” will be the topic of the third annual Law Day Conference at the Virginia Holocaust Museum on April 30.

The program will begin at 9 a.m. and will include presentations by Susan F. Hirsch, director of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University; Rick Eaton, chief investigator at the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, and Rodney A. Smolla, dean of the Washington and Lee University law school and president-designate of Furman University.

The session is scheduled to end at 1 p.m. and will be followed at 6 p.m. by the presentation of the Rule of Law Award to Judge Ilana Rovner of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, who fled Nazism from Latvia with her mother while she was an infant.

Senior U.S. Judge Richard L. Williams of Richmond, who served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, will received the Legacy of Nuremberg Award.

The programs are sponsored jointly by the museum and the Virginia Law Foundation.

On May 3, Judge Barbara Milano Keenan, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia who was appointed recently to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, will speak at the Richmond Bar Association’s Law Day luncheon at 12:30 p.m. at the Omni Richmond Hotel.

Law Day observances will be spread over three days in Fairfax County.

The Fairfax Bar Association will host portrait presentations for recently retired Circuit Judges Gaylord L. Finch Jr. and Michael P. McWeeny in Courtroom 5J April 30 at 4 p.m. followed by a reception at 5 p.m. in the law library.

The next day, the law firm of Weiner, Rohrstaff & Spivey PLC will host the 10th Annual Weiner Roast at 10605 Judicial Drive from 1 to 5 p.m. Festivities will include musical performances by the George Mason University Jazz Ensemble, the Irish Band “Edsall Road” and performances from the award-winning Boyle School of Irish Dance.

Also included will be five varieties of hot dogs and brats, root beer floats, popcorn, cotton candy and an overall “old time” feel.

The sponsors are requesting an RSVP to bgarcia@WRSattorneys.com by April 26.

On May 2, the Fairfax Law Foundation will sponsor its first Run for Justice 5k, which will start at 8 a.m. at Tysons Sport&Health.

The event includes a T-shirt and a post-race buffet for runners and volunteers. Cost for the race before April 15 is $25, $30 after April 15, and $35 on race day.

Additional information about all three events is available at www.fairfaxbar.org.
— Alan Cooper

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