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. 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.
Law Day Archives
The 2016 Law Day Luncheon was held on Friday, April 29, 2016 at Maceli's Banquet Hall, 1031 New Hampshire Street. The 2016 Law Day theme was Miranda: More than Words.
The 2014 Law Day theme was "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters". As we approach the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 2014 Law Day theme calls on every American to reflect on the importance of the right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy.
The 2013 Law Day theme was Realizing the Dream: Equality for All", a reflection on the work that has been done and remains to be done to rectify injustice, eliminate discrimination, and uphold basic human rights.