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2022 Law Day

4/27/2022 3:07:19 PM

Law Day, held annually on May 1, is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. The tradition of Law Day dates to 1958 when, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed that we as a nation "should remember with pride" how our laws help people be treated with fairness.


Law Day, held annually on May 1, is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day provides an opportunity to understand how law and the legal process protect our liberty, strive to achieve justice, and contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. The tradition of Law Day dates to 1958 when, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed that we as a nation "should remember with pride" how our laws help people be treated with fairness.

Every year the American Bar Association designates a theme to highlight an important issue relating to the legal system. The 2022 Law Day theme is "Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change".  The Constitution is a dynamic document, as it not only outlines a blueprint for government, but also delegates power, articulates rights, and offers mechanisms for change. It is neither perfect, nor exhaustive, as our nation's history makes clear. Legislation, court rulings, amendments, lawyers, and "we the people" have built upon those original words across generations to attempt to make the "more perfect Union" more real. That effort continues today, as contemporary leaders and everyday citizens raise their voices as loud as ever to fulfill the promise of the Constitution. Defining and refining those words of the Constitution might be our oldest national tradition, and how each of us works-together-toward a more perfect Union.

For more information on Law Day, please visit the American Bar Association.