CHICKASHA — Citizens of Grady County are affected by a variety of state and local laws, which they may not fully understand and have questions about.
Oklahomans with legal questions or who are seeking legal advice can call 800-456-8525 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. today to receive free legal advice as part of a statewide celebration of Law Day.
Oklahoma Bar Association President Renee DeMoss said volunteer attorneys will take the calls.
State Rep. and Chickasha lawyer David Perryman said Grady County attorneys have participated in Law Day in the past and some may take calls this year.
Perryman said lawyers answer questions about consumer credit, property rights, 2nd Amendment issues, and what rights parents and children have regarding schools.
"[Law day emphasizes that] our legal system is created for everyone and to tell people what they can't do and provide an avenue for justice regardless of anyone's station in life–it's what's great about America and American jurisprudence," he said.
Law Day is celebrated nationally, but former Oklahoma Bar Association President Hicks Epton originally had the idea to celebrate the law and its influence in our lives before President Dwight Eisenhower nationally proclaimed Law Day in 1958, according to a press release.
"The 2014 Law Day theme is 'Democracy and You,' which illustrates the role democracy plays in our everyday lives," DeMoss said. "[OBA] has made a tremendous effort this year to educate Oklahomans on how our government works and the public's role in the process. Law Day serves as a reminder to Oklahomans of their rights, privileges and duties as citizens."