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Hon. David G. Bernthal, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, published a column titled “Understanding the Significance of Law Day” in the News-Gazette.

The theme for this year’s Law Day, celebrated on May 1st, was “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.” The focus this year was on the three branches of government – legislative, executive and judiciary – and providing education on their benefits.

“The Founders chose to avoid consolidating power by splitting authority among three distinct branches and in doing so created checks and balances,” he said. “This year’s theme encourages us to pause and reflect on this separation of powers as fundamental to our Constitution’s purpose.”

Judge Bernthal then explains the history behind Law Day. After the American Bar Association (ABA) promoted the idea, then-President Dwight Eisenhower established the Law Day in 1958 as a dedication to the founding principles of government.

“The concept of separation of powers among three branches of government and the resulting checks and balances on the authority of each is as important to our democracy as it was when created,” he explained. “Let us do our best to understand it and work hard to protect it.”

Each year, the ABA offers resources such as dialogues, planning guides and event opportunities to commemorate Law Day. For more information on 2018 Law Day, click here.

To read the full article published on May 14th, click here.

Judge Bernthal served 21 years as a federal magistrate judge in the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois. Those who practiced before him have praised his skills as a jurist, describing him as both a learned scholar and efficient administrator. Judge Bernthal’s proven legal knowledge and keen understanding of negotiation are critical assets in both mediation and arbitration. In addition to Judge Bernthal’s work as a mediator and arbitrator, he also publishes a monthly column in the News-Gazette.

For Judge Bernthal’s full bio, click here.

For Judge Bernthal’s availability, click here.

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