HMB will host Law Day field trip for Brownsville Middle School's Law Academy to the Florida 3rd District Court of Appeal

HMB will host Law Day field trip for Brownsville Middle School’s Law Academy to the Florida 3rd District Court of Appeal


Under the theme, 14th Amendment: Transforming the American Democracy

Miami, Florida – May 15, 2017.  On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the Third District Court of Appeals will host students from Brownsville Middle School Law Academy in commemoration of American Bar Association Law Day

In the month of May each year, the law firm of Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP hosts a Law Day activity with its adopted Brownsville Middle School in Liberty City, Miami, Florida.  This year’s Law Day theme is “The Fourteenth Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.” The Fourteenth Amendment, ratified nearly 150 years ago, guarantees the rights of due process and equality under the law. Through this amendment, most of the protections in the Bill of Rights became enforceable against the states for the first time. It also defined citizenship and barred states from denying any citizen the privileges and immunities of citizenship. This year’s Law Day theme provides the Brownsville students an opportunity to explore how the Fourteenth Amendment has transformed American law and society and furthered the cause of assuring liberty and justice for all.

Chief Judge Richard Suarez and Judge Robert Luck will host the Brownsville Middle students for a history and overview of the Third District Court of Appeals and moderate a mock debate and role playing exercise on the three branches of government in the American democracy.   “This Law Day field trip will highlight the significance of the Fourteenth Amendment and how it has contributed to our understanding of the rule of law and equality,” said HMB managing partner, Jerry D. Hamilton.

“We treasure this partnership with the attorneys at Hamilton Miller and welcome this practical learning experience for our students which can be applied to their studies at school and their own citizenship in their community,” emphasized Dr. Dorothy Bendross Mindingall, Vice Chair, Miami Dade Public Schools.

In partnership with Miami-Dade Public Schools and the Foundation for New Education Initiatives, Inc., HMB will be renovating two classrooms on the Brownsville Middle School campus into a 21st century mock courtroom and will assist with the development of a law academy curriculum.

For more information on the Law Day program, you can visit our webpage at, visit our Facebook page at or follow us on Twitter @HMBLegal #HMBLaw. You can also call us at 305-379-3686. To RSVP, send an email to

About Law Day

Law Day is an annual commemoration first held in 1957 when American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes envisioned a special national day to mark our nation’s commitment to the rule of law. The following year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Law Day Proclamation. Law Day was made official in 1961 when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day.