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Hundreds of students expected to attend Law Day at Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite National Park is hosting its seventh annual Law Day at Half Dome Village in Yosemite Valley on Friday, May 3.

The day is dedicated to commemorating and celebrating the country’s national ideals of liberty, justice, equality and the importance of the rule of law. The ceremony will be focused on the Fourth Amendment and its impact on the digital age.

This year’s keynote speaker is Antigone Peyton, a Virginia attorney specializing in the intersection of law and technology, who will be discussing the ways in which the technology in the fast-paced digital age may be eroding personal privacy rights. Judges from across California are attending to take part in the celebration, including Jeremy Peterson, Magistrate Judge for United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Yosemite Division.

Over 300 eighth grade students from Yosemite’s local gateway communities will also be in attendance, including students from Mariposa, Lake Don Pedro, Coarsegold, Greeley Hill, Fresno and more.

Students submitted essays on the topic of “What is Unreasonable Search and Seizure in the Digital Age?” and the top three winning essays will be read in person, along with awards presented to the winning writers.

The program will also feature Yosemite National Park’s Mounted Patrol presenting the colors, Lauren Boone singing the National Anthem, and the Clovis High School Jazz Band.

The ceremony will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

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