In order to raise awareness and appreciation for the development of the law and our democratic republic, and to honor directives of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to observe certain historical events relevant to our citizens, President Judge Shawn D. Meyers of the Common Pleas Court for the 39th Judicial District will conduct the following observations in 2022. All events will be held at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom No. 1 of the Franklin County Courthouse, 14 N. Main St., Chambersburg. The public is welcome to attend.
June 17, 2022: Juneteenth Observation
Scheduled speaker: Professor of Criminal Justice and Chief Diversity Officer for Shippensburg University Stephanie Jirard
Stephanie A. Jirard is a professor of criminal justice at Shippensburg University. Prior to teaching, Professor Jirard was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Division (Torts Branch), was in Boston both as a federal prosecutor and a federal public defender, and served as a death penalty defense attorney in Columbia, Missouri. Jirard recently served for two years as the university’s chief diversity officer and now speaks widely on issues related to social justice.
July 1, 2022: Declaration of Independence and Observation of July 4 and Ratification of the Pennsylvania Constitution
Scheduled speaker: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice P. Kevin Brobson
September 16, 2022: Adoption of the U.S. Constitution by the Delegates of the Constitutional Convention and Ratification of the Bill of Rights
Scheduled speaker: TBA