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 2017 highlights the 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.

The 2017 theme provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Through its Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses, this transformative amendment advanced the rights of all Americans. It also played a pivotal role in extending the reach of the Bill of Rights to the states. Ratified during Reconstruction a century and a half ago, the Fourteenth Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under law.

Click here to learn more about the 14th Amendment through the Library of Congress.

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 2, 2017

The Law Day Luncheon is this Tuesday, May 2nd, 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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