The United States observes Law Day annually on May 1. This day allows all Americans to reflect on the personal rights and liberties which are enjoyed and exercised daily.
These same rights and freedoms are upheld by the laws and courts. Law Day is meant to reflect on the role of law in the foundation of the country and to recognize its importance for society.
Law Day asks Americans to focus on every American’s rights as laid out in the fundamental documents of American democracy: the Declaration of Independence and the federal Constitution.
HOW TO OBSERVE
The 2018 Law Day theme is Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom. Visit www.americanbar.org for more information on this year’s theme. Use #lawday to share on social media.
The American Bar Association presented the idea for Law Day in 1957. It was later proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, and its observance was later codified by Public Law 87-20 on April 7, 1961.
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