May 1st is Law Day! This annual holiday was founded in 1957 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a way for Americans to recognize and reflect on the rule of law and its importance to society. With so many legal rights, privileges, and responsibilities tied to this special day — from the Magna Carta of 1215 through modern civil rights reforms — it’s no wonder that Law Day continues to be honored across the country each year. Join us as we look back on how Law Day came into being – exploring its historical significance today plus some creative ways you can take part in recognizing this powerful tradition!
Law Day was officially established in 1957 as a bipartisan call to unite the nation behind the rule of law. Eisenhower recognized that only with education and awareness could citizens be equipped to recognize the importance of both historic legal documents like the Magna Carta — written in 1215 on a parchment scroll — and altered over time through civil rights reforms. Law Day also provides an opportunity to celebrate our nation’s diversity by recognizing its diverse history and current differences of opinion while still coming together under one common goal – safeguarding justice and freedom for all people.
Each year, a special theme is chosen to honor this important day. The theme selection ensures that Law Day remains relevant and timely, serving as a launching pad for discussions about laws and legal matters affecting our lives. This helps to foster an understanding of the rule of law among citizens and encourages them to use it as a tool for positive change. By considering different themes each year, people can become more aware of various issues related to the rule of law – from civil rights, social justice, and consumer protection to criminal justice reform, cyber security, and access to justice initiatives.
Understanding our laws is key to becoming engaged citizens regardless of where we live or profession we hold. Celebrating Law Day can help us become more knowledgeable about the laws that protect our rights and freedoms and highlight how they continue to evolve with changing times. To celebrate Law Day, consider attending a local event like an open house at a courthouse or legal clinic. Many state courts also organize special Law Day activities throughout their communities.
No matter what your plans are for celebrating Law Day, remember that it is a day to be celebrated and remembered. It’s a great chance to learn more about the laws that protect us, reflect on our legal rights and responsibilities, and appreciate the many freedoms we have in this country thanks to its judicial system. Celebrate Law Day with us at Mullett Dove & Bradley Family Law! We are sponsoring an event during this special day for you to be a part of something bigger than yourself. We hope to see you there!