November 13, 2007
Rally on the Statehouse Lawn
The Columbus Bar Association Board urges Columbus attorneys, judges and law students to unite in a show of solidarity at a rally organized by the Columbus Bar Association on Wednesday, November 14 at 12pm at the Statehouse. Attorneys should appear in black suits and judges in robes, in a symbolic demonstration of support for the Pakistani lawyers.
The rally is in response to President Pervez Musharraf’s ongoing attacks against the Supreme Court, lower court judges and attorneys throughout the country who remain in jail or under house rule after last week’s mass arrests and installation of martial law.
Nelson Genshaft and the Columbus Bar Association Board of Governors join the ABA in calling for a public display of support for the Pakistani lawyers. “This is a situation that demands immediate attention, and as a leader in our legal community, your assistance in mobilizing your colleagues to attend the rally is vitally important,” encourages CBA President Genshaft.
ABA President William Neukom has called upon state and local bar associations to organize events to protest conditions in Pakistan. “Imagine the impact of lawyers from all regions and walks of life speaking with one voice on one day in support of justice. Together we can mobilize American lawyers and show our united support for the rule of law and lawyers in Pakistan,” urges Neukom.
We treasure the fact that the Columbus Bar is comprised of lawyers from every point on the political spectrum and encompass every facet of our justice system. This is not a partisan political event in any way. It is an opportunity for us to stand arm in arm in support of the largest area of agreement we share as lawyers: the importance of the rule of law and the courageous act of practicing law while under military threat.
The event will be held at 12:00pm at the Statehouse, near the McKinley Monument (on High Street, between Broad & State Streets). For more information, contact Alex Lagusch at 614/221.4112.