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Residents celebrate 14th amendment on Law Day

Folks in Albany celebrated Law Day at a reception Wednesday afternoon. (Source: WALB) Folks in Albany celebrated Law Day at a reception Wednesday afternoon. (Source: WALB)
Judge Herbert Phipps (Source: WALB) Judge Herbert Phipps (Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB) (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Folks in Albany celebrated Law Day at a reception Wednesday afternoon. 

This year law day focused on how the 14th amendment transformed American democracy.

Through its citizenship, due process and equal protection clauses, it serves as cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation.

Keynote speaker Judge Herbert Phipps said the 14th amendment was crucial in the civil rights cases he litigated. 

"The work is not done. There's still a lot of work to be done. And the 14th amendment is still here for us to use and those of us who are lawyers and un-lawyers, we all have an obligation to stand up and speak out for equal justice for all," said Phipps. 

Phipps saw  the power of the 14th amendment play out in lower courts, and even as high as the US Supreme Court. 

National Law Day is officially May 1st. 

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