Lawyers leading a new July 4th tradition

Wednesday, 04 July 2012 06:00 AM Written by 

20120704declaration_photocom104284380_150The ABA Journal's Martha Neil reports on a new tradition of lawyers gathering in public places to read the Declaration of Independence as a way of marking the July 4th holiday ... and a reminder of the document's role in the nation's legal culture.  As she notes, nearly half of the original signers were attorneys:

"A grassroots custom that has been ongoing in Houston for the last several years, the public readings took place in at least 12 states and the District of Columbia, according to the Houston Chronicle."

Of course, not everyone views the Declaration as a legal document, and last fall the History Channel took a look at the lingering debate ... well, lingering for some folks anyway. 

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