GCC Celebrates National Law Day May 1, 2019

Presented by GCC Paralegal & Criminal Justice Students

Batavia, New York - On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, along with thousands of programs across the United States, Genesee Community College will recognize National Law Day with an alumni and friends reception with keynote speaker and an Honor Society Induction Ceremony into the Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) Chapter.

National Law Day, celebrated annually on May 1, is designed to shed light on how laws protect liberties and the process by which the legal system strives to achieve justice. Every year since 1958 the President of the United States has issued a Law Day Proclamation recognizing the importance of the rule of the law. This year’s theme is “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.”

Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice students will attend an Alumni and Friends Reception at GCC and hear keynote speaker, Gary Craig. Craig is a member of the Democrat and Chronicle’s Watchdog team, and focuses on public safety and criminal justice. He has worked at Rochester newspapers since 1990, covering City Hall, politics and federal courts before joining the newspaper’s investigative team. He has won state and national investigative writing awards.

GCC’s Law Day recognition culminates in the William W. Stuart Forum with the Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) Honor Society Induction emceed by GCC’s Director of Paralegal Studies Karyn S. Bryson. Bryson received her Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California and has been part of the Paralegal Studies Program at GCC since 2007. Bryson  will induct two new Honor Society members from the graduating Class of 2019. Inductees are Briona Siplin, of Rochester and Arden M. Zavitz of Medina. Membership in the Honor Society requires a 3.25 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA specifically for Legal Specialty Courses. The GCC Lambda Chi (LEX) Chapter is newly chartered in 2018.  

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

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Editor’s Note:

A photograph Karyn Bryson, courtesy of GCC, is available at: 


A photograph Gary Craig, courtesy of the Democrat and Chronicle, is available at: