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April 23, 2007

Albany -- Mayor Dr. Willie Adams of thanked area lawyers for all they do to seek justice in the community. During a Law Day proclamation, Mayor Adams said society would not function without the structure lawyers help provide.

Law Day, which is nationally celebrated May 1st, focuses on youth, making sure they understand their rights and responsibilities.

"The focus on this year's law day has been on empowering youth. Making them aware of the role they will take in furthering our democracy," said Chief Asst. District Attorney Greg Edwards.

During law day, students get an introduction to the law and the ethical responsibilities all lawyers have.

In conjunction with Law Day, local members of the bar association re-affirmed their oaths.

On the front steps of the Dougherty County Courthouse, Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette led lawyers in their oaths to re-dedicate themselves to the highest ethical and professional service to clients and the community.

James V. Davis has been practicing law for 66 years now and says it's important for all lawyers to remember why they chose the profession. "It's a reminder of the responsibility that we assume when we begin to practice law and although you might say that I'm at the end of my profession, I still profess to do those things," Davis said.

"We're all part of a team and our ultimate goal is justice for all people," said Judge Willie Lockette.

While re-affirming their oaths, lawyers promised to uphold the integrity of the United States Constitution, as well as the constitution of the state.

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