| Communications Office:
David Bookstaver, Director
Kali Holloway, Assistant Director
Date: September 12, 2007
New York State Selected to Host Unveiling of Jury Duty Postage Stamp
NEW YORK – The United States Postal Service today unveiled the Jury Duty Social Awareness stamp, a commemorative postage stamp designed to call attention to the importance of jury duty. The stamp dedication ceremony, held in Manhattan State Supreme Court, was the highlight of the Juror Appreciation Day celebration, an annual event that salutes New York jurors. Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye co-hosted the ceremony with Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Postal Service Mary Ann Gibbons. Also on hand to acknowledge the importance of jury service and participate in the dedication was WABC-TV anchor Sade Baderinwa, who served as mistress of ceremonies; Robert Grey, former President of the American Bar Association; and a group of nationally known celebrities who have performed jury service in New York.
“I am thrilled by the Postal Service's issuance of the Jury Duty stamp, which celebrates the important role of our citizenry in the delivery of justice,” said Chief Judge Kaye. “We rightly take pride in this uniquely American institution, which has been a great strength of our nation from its very beginnings.”
“Serving on a jury is an important part of public service to our communities,” said Mary Anne Gibbons. “It is a role that should be taken most seriously. This stamp is an excellent way to highlight its significance.”
With this stamp, the United States Postal Service calls attention to an essential obligation, shared by all eligible citizens, that is a cornerstone of democracy in the U.S. By showing a diverse group of 12 representative jurors in silhouette, art director Carl T. Herrman and stamp designer Lance Hidy emphasize that, under the U.S. Constitution, the American jury system guarantees citizens the right to a trial by a jury of their peers.
The Jury Duty stamp can be purchased online at the Postal Store on www.usps.com/shop, by calling toll-free 800-STAMP-24, at philatelic centers nationwide and at local Post Offices.
An image of the Jury Duty Stamp can be viewed online at USPS Download Center.