FREEHOLD, NJ - The Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth Vicinage and the Monmouth Bar Association will conduct their annual Law Day ceremony on Monday, May 3 at 4 p.m. in the Hall of Records general equity courtroom, Main and Court streets, Freehold Borough. Reporters and photographers are invited to attend.

The national theme is “Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges.” This year marks the 53rd anniversary of Law Day, which is designated as a celebration of our nation’s great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under law.

Monmouth Vicinage Assignment Judge Lawrence M. Lawson said, “Law Day is both a solemn occasion, when we remember the importance of our legal system and renew our commitment to its preservation, and a happy occasion, when we celebrate our equal protections under those laws.”

Assignment Judge Lawson will offer opening remarks. State Senator Sean T. Kean will deliver the keynote address. Monmouth Bar Association President Robert A. Honecker Jr. also will speak.

During the ceremony, the Daniel J. O’Hern Mock Trial Award will be presented to Colts Neck High School in Colts Neck for winning the 2010 Monmouth County High School Mock Trial Competition. John M. O’Connor will present the Monmouth Bar Association Abraham J. Zager Professionalism Award to attorney Richard T. O’Connor. A portrait of the late Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. O’Hern will be unveiled by his former law clerks. Court employee Tarika Jean-Pierre will perform vocal selections.

Assignment Judge Lawson will present plaques to the winners of the Law Day 2010 essay and art contest sponsored by the Monmouth Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns. The winners are Matt Tumulty, Middletown; Nick Dunn, Lincroft; Marie Marraccini, Middletown; Jillian Furchak, Manalapan; Emily Parise, Wall; Joseph Erbe, Spring Lake; Jessica Meyer, Belmar; Danielle Valentino, Manalapan; Christian Pecoraro, Englishtown; Isabella Awalt, Keyport; Sarah Brennan, Spring Lake Heights; Patricia Zhuo, Marlboro.