Law Day

Law Society Event

The Williams College Law society leads classes on the constitutional issue, which in 2017 was the 14th amendment at Williams elementary for fourth and fifth grade classes in order to engender an appreciation and understanding for the greatest expression of human freedom in the history of the world, the United States Constitution and the promise and ideals it represents.

What is Law Day?

On May 1 the United States officially recognizes Law Day. It is meant to reflect on the role of law in the foundation of the country and to recognize its importance for society. Law Day originated in 1957 when American Bar Association President Charles Rhyne envisioned a special day for celebrating the US legal system.  On February 3, 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower established Law Day by issuing a proclamation.  Every president since then has issued an annual Law Day proclamation. In 1961, May 1 was designated by joint resolution of Congress as the official date for celebrating Law Day. Law Day is an observance and is not a federal public holiday in the United States.

The American Bar Association defines Law Day as: “A national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share.” The language of the statute ordaining May 1 calls it “a special day of celebration by the American people in appreciation of their liberties and rededication to the ideals of equality and justice under law.”

To celebrate Law Day, some local bar associations may hold a luncheon with guest speakers on various legal topics relevant to modern society. Law Day activities may include: fundraising events and tasks; community outreach activities linked with talking points about the law; poster and essay contests; and interactive school lessons and role plays on legal topics such as the concept of separation of powers and the United States Constitution.  In Florida the week of May 1 is Law Week, coinciding with Law Day. Previous Law Day themes included “Justice for All”, “Foundations of Freedom”, and “Struggle for Justice”.

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