We the People …
Our forefathers fought a costly and difficult revolutionary war with their parent country, Great Britain. This new nation needed to define its existence for its people and define its position in the world. The Articles of Confederation was drafted by the Second Continental Congress in 1777 and was officially ratified by the original 13 states on March 1, 1781. At that time, the states’ powers were much stronger than the federal government’s powers.
On September 17, 1787, the farmers, carpenters, shop owners, lawyers and other citizens who were elected to represent their districts signed the Constitution of the United States. They hoped this union would be more perfect. The high quality of delegates to the Constitutional Convention was noted by Thomas Jefferson in Paris, who wrote to John Adams in London, “It really is an assembly of demigods.”
There was much debate between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. The Constitution was ratified by all 13 states by 1790.
Constitution Day is September 17. This year, the Broward County Bar Association (BCBA), in conjunction with Nova Southeastern University and Sponsors like Florida Power and Light, will host a celebration of this important document.
Forty-four people from Broward County have been chosen from various walks of life, including judges, lawyers, students and others, to read the entire Constitution. You can join them on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., at The Pier Top of Hyatt Pier 66 Resort. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The award-winning Dillard High School Choir will also be singing patriotic songs intermittently. For more details, visit www.browardbar.org.
This is the time of the year when students are going back to school, fans are cheering for their football team and summer vacations are drawing to an end. At the BCBA, events are being planned, seminars are being scheduled and articles for the Barrister are being submitted.
The BCBA is an association formed by attorneys, for its member attorneys. The officers, directors and chairpersons volunteer their time and their talents to make this Association strong and relevant. The BCBA is one of the largest voluntary bar associations in the State of Florida and growing. If you want to get more involved in the BCBA, now is the time. The contact information for the section chairpersons, committee chairpersons, officers, directors and staff can be found at www.browardbar.org. We would love to have you grow with us.
John G. Jordan
BCBA President 2014-2015