We’ve had many unusual items come up for auction over the past 30 years of the Justice For All Ball. One grouping that brought tremendous interest was several historical documents related to Louisiana and justice. This prompted JFAB 2016’s organizers to also present an exhibit at the Ball, which took patrons on a ‘justice journey’ through historical documents that described the evolution of justice in the United States.
Today, we offer this article as a reminder to why the work done by The Project and its legal, student, and lay volunteers is so important to the clients, and to the communities we serve in a six-parish area. This look-back is a tribute to what many people long before us have gone through to guarantee access to justice for all.
The Justice Journey: From Founding to Freedom; Opening the Doors To Justice For All is an exhibit of historic documents that will take you on a ‘justice journey’ from the Declaration of Independence (1776 Journal of Congress) to a copy of the 19th Amendment signed by the Speaker of the House (1919), guaranteeing the right to vote for women. There is also the signature from a letter written by Susan B. Anthony.
As the exhibit notes state: the “justice journey” wasn’t perfect, but without these efforts to blaze new trails and open new doors, combined with the experience and foresight of the nation’s founders and the many who followed them, there might not have been any justice, freedom or a ‘right’ to anything.”
The exhibit was prepared for The Pro Bono Project by Dr. Naomi Yavneh Klos, Director of the University Honors Program at Loyola New Orleans, and Executive Vice President of Historic.us Corporation.
You can read the article in its entirety at Take A Justice Journey at the Justice For All Ball.
Whether this will be your first JFAB, or your thirtieth, history sure has a way of putting everything in perspective.
- The Pro Bono Project
Photo stack: Dr. Naomi Yavneh Klos, and son, Zachary, JFAB 2016