For more than fifteen years, Melody Z. Richardson, Managing Member of Richardson Bloom & Lines LLC, has helped educate children in our community about the rule of law.
When Melody’s daughter, Alyssa, was in elementary school, Melody arranged for The Honorable T. Jackson Bedford to judge an art contest she sponsored for her daughter’s class. The kids in Alyssa‘s class were intrigued to meet a real judge and be introduced to how decisions are made in a court of law. They were even more intrigued with Deputy Bob, who accompanied Judge Bedford, and how he dealt with the bad guys. Since then, not a year has passed when Melody has not been instrumental in bringing a Law Day Program to a local school. When Melody’s Law Day projects came to the Attention of the Atlanta Bar Association, she was appointed to Chair the Atlanta Bar Association’s Law Day Committee.
This year, Melody chaired the Law Day Dream Team program. An article featuring the Dream Team was in the April 2015 issue of The Atlanta Lawyer.
This year’s theme, “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law” celebrated the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. The program highlighted seven chapters of the 63 chapters contained in the Magna Carta. The great charter’s inspiration for the right to jury trial found in the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution was the primary theme of the program.
On April 21, 2015, students from D.M. Therrell High School in southwest Atlanta performed a mock trial exhibition at the State Bar of Georgia in Atlanta. The mock trial was broadcast live to students in Savannah and Tifton, in addition to the audience from Atlanta area high schools present at the Bar Center in Atlanta. Melody devoted countless hours coaching the defense team that represented Chris Archer in the trial of State of Georgia vs. Chris Archer.
As seen in the video below, the student lawyers and witnesses did an outstanding job. More importantly, they enjoyed this unique experience.
As Chair of the Law Day Dream Team program, Melody also devoted substantial time to helping to make sure the program educated the children about what the rule of law means, why it is important, and how the United States’ concept of the rule of law derived its inspiration from the Magna Carta. All of the students who participated in the Law Day program received Magna Carta scrolls with seven chapters from Magna Carta, as well as other Law Day themed materials.
In recognition of her contributions as Program Chair, as well as the Law Day events in which she has participated for so many years, including the Fulton County Superior Court Law Day program, Melody was honored with the Atlanta Bar Association’s Professionalism Award. The award is given to an attorney who has made outstanding contributions to a program or activity which advances or promotes excellence, professionalism and public responsibility within the legal profession.
The attorneys at Richardson Bloom & Lines LLC practice family law to help clients keep the needs of their children in the forefront during the divorce process. Through participating in programs like Law Day, we strive to keep the educational needs of children in the forefront of society.