OGDEN — Local lawyers will gather Tuesday for a Fourth of July commemoration, joining attorneys across the country to simultaneously read aloud the Declaration of Independence.
The reading is scheduled for the courthouse steps at 2nd District Court, 2525 Grant Ave., at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, the last working day before the holiday, said Jim Retallick, Ogden defense attorney and one of the local organizers of the program.
At least 28 cities across the country are so far signed on for the national read-along, he said.
The campaign was organized largely by email, originating in Texas and spreading across the country in recent weeks, Retallick said.
As of Friday, Retallick said he and fellow Ogden lawyer Deven Coggins were still in the process of getting the word out to the local bar through email and other contacts.
A number of news reports online point to various groups of lawyers gathering for the reading of the historic document in what appears to be a grassroots event, as opposed to being sponsored by the American Bar Association or other national organization.
Trial lawyers, defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges and law clerks will take turns reading the document at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday outside the Hall County Courthouse in Gainesville, Ga., according to one report.
“The public is encouraged to attend this affirmation of a commitment to the ideals of independence and freedom from tyranny that are the hallmark of this great country,” reads another online report of the event planned by the Cullman, Ala., bar association.
More than half of the signers of the declaration that severed American ties with Great Britain were lawyers, according to constitutionalfacts.org.
Retallick, who is also a history buff, said:
“George Washington read it from horseback to his troops.”