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Law Day shows attorneys are not just about compensation

There is a misplaced perception that lawyers see cases and clients in the same light and their focus: profit. But, the reality is that attorneys are pillars of the community. And, the annual Chair of Greater Bridgeport Bar's Law Day is a prime example.

By tradition, Law Day is held in the spring. For 2017, the celebration took place on May 1 at a local hotel. With a theme that changes annually, the choice for 2017 was the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The current climate is one of distrust and fear of police and legal authorities. However, the 14th Amendment deals with citizen rights. It states that everyone has the same protections, regardless of race, creed, gender and other differences.

This holds true for anyone who was born or naturalized as a U.S. citizen. The idea of life, liberty and property extends to their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing, no matter who caused them serious injury, damaged property or committed any other act for which they are responsible and should be held accountable.

The 14th Amendment and its Law Day concentration was meant to examine the different ways it has helped to shape American society. The terms "citizenship," "due process" and "equal protection" are frequently misunderstood and taken for granted, but they are the foundation for everyone receiving their legal rights, no matter the circumstance. And, it played a major part in the states' acceptance of the Bill of Rights. Law Day gave deserved attention to local students who wrote essays and issues awards for worthy students.

As greater attention is paid to local attorneys' activity in the community, it becomes clear that in addition to helping those who have suffered serious injury and are seeking compensation through a liability claim. Attorneys can provide guidance and assistance to everyone. Attorneys cannot only assist with a car crash that caused damage to a person's life, but also a host of other matters in and outside the courtroom.

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