Law Day is observed next on Wednesday, May 1st, 2024 (59 days from today).
Law Day, a public holiday that is commemorated on May 1st every year in the United States of America (USA).
Law Day is a wonderful day in order to reflect the role of law on the foundation of the country and recognize its importance to society.
History of Law Day
Law Day dates back to 1957 when American Bar Association President Charles Rhyne envisioned a special day to celebrate the American legal system. On February 3rd, 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower issued a proclamation to inform the establishment of Law Day by. After that, every president has issued an annual Law Day proclamation. In 1961, by a joint resolution of the National Assembly, May 1 was designated by the National Assembly as the official date to celebrate Law Day.
According to the Legal Information Institute, the President is required to issue a proclamation, calling on all public servants to fly the US flag on all government buildings on Law Day; and invites the people of the United States to participate in Law Day, with appropriate ceremonies and in other appropriate ways, through public and private institutions, in schools and other appropriate places. Past Law Day themes have included “Justice for All”, “The Foundations of Freedom” and “Fight for Justice”.
Symbols and images depicting Law Day may represent scales of justice, representing the legal profession and justice. The mythological representations of the Goddess of Justice are also associated with the law and the legal profession. She usually carries a sword and scales and can sometimes wear a blindfold. Almost always wearing a flowing robe, she symbolizes the fair and equal administration of the law, free from corruption, mercenary, prejudice or favoritism.
How to celebrate Law Day
Law Day is a special day meant to help people appreciate their freedoms and affirm their allegiance to the United States, especially toward equality and justice. It also aims to promote respect for the law, which is important for a democratic way of life.
Supported by organizations such as the American Bar Association, this day is an opportunity to see and discuss the role of the courts in the United States. To celebrate Law Day, some local bar associations may hold luncheons with guest speakers on various legal topics relevant to modern society.
Law Day activities may include: fundraising events and missions; community outreach activities associated with legal seminars; poster and essay contest; and interactive lessons in schools and role plays on legal topics such as the concept of decentralization and the United States Constitution. In Florida, the week of May 1st is Law Week, which coincides with Law Day.
ObservedLaw Day has been observed annually on May 1st.
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