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Law Day at SFU Celebrated with Red Mass and Luncheon

April 21, 2017 Tags: Distinctions , Faith , Global

Saint Francis University celebrated Law Day on Friday, April 21 with its annual Red Mass for all faiths. The mass was held at the Immaculate Conception Chapel. Bishop Mark Bartchak, J.C.D., served as celebrant, and Fr. James Greenfield, OSFS, delivered the homily.

Following the mass, the University hosted a luncheon for area judges, lawyers and public officials. A keynote address was given by Robert J. DeSousa, state director for United States Senator, Patrick Toomey.

The Red Mass and the luncheon were well attended by numerous area judges, lawyers, law enforcement officials, friends and residents.

Law Day originated in 1958 when President Dwight Eisenhower issued a proclamation declaring a celebration of the United States Legal System. Since then, every U.S. president has is issued an annual Law Day proclamation. 

Supported by American Bar Association, the day aims to acknowledge the Justice System's impact on equality, civil liberties and democracy, underscoring the notion that law and legal process contribute to the freedoms of all Americans. The day also provides an opportunity to recognize the importance of jury service in maintaining the integrity of the courts.

About Robert J. DeSousa 

Robert J. DeSousa  is the State Director for United States Senator Pat Toomey. Senator Toomey is a leader in the Senate on fiscal matters, the fight against Alzheimer’s, protecting children, helping veterans, honoring police and striving to foster bipartisanship.

Mr. DeSousa has had a long career in public service in Pennsylvania. In addition to working for Senator Toomey, he also serves as the State Judge Advocate for the Pennsylvania National Guard. Before working for Senator Toomey, Bob served as a private attorney and businessman in the Harrisburg area. He was a Federal Law Clerk, an Assistant United States Attorney, and served as the Chief Counsel for Pennsylvania’s Department of State. He was the Inspector General of the Commonwealth under Governors Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker. Bob is a Colonel in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, the Former National President of the Federal Bar Association, and the Past Chairman of the Board of the National Civil War Museum. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law. Mr. DeSousa is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. He has been awarded the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and many other decorations. He is a member of the American Legion, the Military Officers Association, the Association of the United States Army and the Association of the 28th Division. He is on the Executive Board of the New Birth of Freedom Boy Scout Council and a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher. He is a past State Judge Advocate, Department of Pennsylvania VFW, and the Past Judge Advocate, Post 9639. Bob and his wife Elizabeth live with their four children in Harrisburg, PA.