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NORMAL — A Chicago law professor who served as Illinois Solicitor General will be the keynote speaker for the May 2 Law Day Luncheon hosted by the McLean County Bar Association.

Carolyn Shapiro of Chicago-Kent's College of Law is the featured speaker for the event starting at 11:45 a.m. in the Brown Room of Illinois State University's Bone Student Center. The Law Day theme is "Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom."

Ticket information is available at www.mcleancountybarassociation.com.

Several awards also will be presented during the event, including the 2018 Community Service Award, a recognition of service by a person or organization above and beyond what is required by their profession, and the 2018 Lincoln Award, given to an attorney for a lifetime commitment to the advancement of the law, the community and citizens of McLean County.

Outstanding Law Day essays written by local high school students also will be recognized.

Initially conceived in 1957 by American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes as a day to mark the country's commitment to the rule of law, May 1 was designated as the official Law Day by congressional resolution in 1961.

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