By George L. Markfelder, JFHQ-NCR/MDW Public AffairsMay 2, 2013
WASHINGTON, (May 1, 2013) - - Soldiers and civilian staff members of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington listened to details of the Lincoln assassination trial at Fort McNair during their annual Law Day celebration.
Guest speaker Fred Borch, Regimental Historian and Archivist, Judge Advocate General's Corps presented details of the trial from a legal perspective. Joining the MDW staff for the Law Day activities was Lt. Gen. Dana K. Chipman, U. S. Army Judge Advocate General.
According to the American Bar Association, President Dwight Eisenhower established the first Law Day in 1958 to mark the nation's commitment to the rule of law. In 1961, Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day, which is subsequently codified (U.S. Code, Title 36, Section 113). Every president since then has issued a Law Day proclamation on May 1 to celebrate the nation's commitment to the rule of law.
Following the lecture, Col. Corey L. Bradley, MDW's Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, and Sgt. Jessica R. Segobiano, paralegal noncommissioned officer, cut the Law Day cake. Participants then toured the facilities where the Lincoln assassins were tried and convicted in 1865. The structure has been restored and stands today at Fort McNair as part of America's heritage.