History and Purpose

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower made the first Law Day Proclamation to strengthen our great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the law. Charles S. Rhyne, then president of the American Bar Association, delivered a Law Day speech in a radio broadcast for Voice of America on the first Law Day, May 1, 1958. In 1961, May 1 was designated by Joint Resolution of Congress as the official date for celebrating Law Day, U.S.A.

Each Law Day is built around a central theme. Programs and ideas spurred by the theme make Law Day informative and fun for students, the legal community, and the community at large.

Law Day 2018 highlights the Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom

The U.S. Constitution sets out a system of government with distinct and independent branches—Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court. It also defines legislative, executive, and judicial powers and outlines how they interact. These three separate branches share power, and each branch serves as a check on the power of the others. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” James Madison explained in Federalist 51. Why? Madison believed that the Constitution’s principles of separation of powers and checks and balances preserve political liberty. They provide a framework for freedom. Yet, this framework is not self-executing. We the people must continually act to ensure that our constitutional democracy endures, preserving our liberties and advancing our rights. The Law Day 2018 theme enables us to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose and to consider how our governmental system is working for ourselves and our posterity.

Read more about Law Day at the American Bar Association.

Liberty Bell Award

The Liberty Bell Award acknowledges outstanding community service. It is given to recognize a person who has promoted better understanding of the rule of law, encouraged a greater respect for law and the courts, stimulated a sense of civic responsibility, and contributed to good government in the community. The awards are made by individual Law Day programs, not by the American Bar Association.

List of DCBA Liberty Bell Award recipients.

Law Day Luncheon - May 1, 2018

The Law Day Luncheon is this Tuesday, May 1st, at Maceli's.  The doors open at 11:30 with lunch to begin at 12:00 p.m.

To RSVP, click here for the RSVP form.

Please note that the RSVP form along with your check should be mailed to: 

P.O. Box 1966
Lawrence, KS 66044.  

Or you can e-mail the RSVP form to the Secretary at treasurer@dgcobar.org with the check to follow by mail. 

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