Attorneys across Oklahoma will provide free legal advice Thursday, Sept. 30, during the 70th annual statewide Law Day celebration. Oklahoma City and Tulsa lawyers will staff the statewide, toll-free hotline between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. The toll-free number to call is 800-456-8525 or email AskALawyer@okbar.org. Legal questions may also be submitted online at www.okbar.org now until Sept. 30.

"This annual event gives us the opportunity to provide a much-needed community service," said Oklahoma Bar Association President Mike Mordy of Ardmore. "Volunteer attorneys will be standing by to take calls and emails. Wanting to help people is what motivated us to become lawyers, and we encourage Oklahomans with legal questions to call in."

Lawyers in other counties will also be giving free legal advice. About 300 lawyers will be volunteering statewide.

The Ask A Lawyer free legal advice project is one of several events in which Oklahoma lawyers participate to observe Law Day. The accompanying Ask A Lawyer television program will air across the state on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. on OETA. The show is designed to share information about legal issues in easy-to-understand language. This year's topics are bankruptcy, divorce and a spotlight on the OU College of Law legal clinic.

Though Law Day is celebrated across the country, it was Wewoka attorney and 1953 OBA President Hicks Epton who originally had the idea of celebrating the law and how it affects our lives in 1951. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day nationally by proclamation in 1958; in 1961, Congress set aside May 1 as a day for all Americans to celebrate their freedom and the ideals of equality and justice under the law.

More information about Law Day is available on the OBA website at www.okbar.org/LawDay.

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