Today is National Law Day, and this year’s theme is “Realizing the Dream” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Law Day was proclaimed in 1958 by President Eisenhower to honor the role of law in the creation of the United States. Three years later in 1961, Congress passed a joint resolution establishing May 1 as Law Day.
The American Bar Association defines Law Day as: “A national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share.”
Looking for a way to celebrate? Check out one of these Law Day events which are held each May 1 across the country to help youth and adults understand how law keeps us free and how our legal system strives to achieve justice. (http://www.courts.ca.gov/lawday.htm)
Learn more about Law Day, its history, and current applications here for teacher resources, contests, activity awards and more!
These are the events being held in California: