Law Day

What is Law Day?

Law Day, held annually on May 1, is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share and provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in a constitutional democracy.

How did Law Day begin?

1957: ABA President Charles S. Rhyne, a Washington, D.C. attorney,
envisioned a special day for celebrating our legal system.
1958: President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day as a day
of national dedication to the principles of government under law.
1961: Congress, by joint resolution, designated May 1 as the official
date for celebrating Law Day.

When is Law Day celebrated

May 1 is the official date, but many celebrations take place before and
after that date. Some bar associations and organizations celebrate a
Law Week.

How is Law Day celebrated?

Law Day programs are designed to help people better understand
how law protects our liberty and how our legal system strives to
achieve justice. Thousands of Law Day programs are conducted each
year for youth and adults across the country. In addition, every year
since 1958, the president of the United States has issued a Law Day
proclamation recognizing the importance of the rule of law.