Law Day was the original idea of Charles S. Rhyne, President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s legal counsel for a time, who was serving in 1957–1958 as president of the American Bar Association (ABA). In 1958, President Eisenhower proclaimed May 1 to be Law Day, and every president since has issued an annual proclamation recognizing Law Day. On April 7, 1961, Congress passed a Joint Resolution, Pub. L. 87-20, 75 Stat. 43, designating May 1 as Law Day, U.S.A.
Law Day is a national day to celebrate the rule of law and its contributions to the freedoms Americans enjoy. Law Day promotes commitment to the enduring principles of law, become knowledgeable about other legal systems, recognize the need to adapt our practices, and acquire new cultural understandings. This year’s celebration is especially important as we approach the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
This year’s theme is American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters. Why Every Vote Matters calls on every American to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy.
“The right to vote is the foundation of our representative democracy. It is the very essence of government by the people. When voters participate in free and fair elections, they reinforce the legitimacy of the rule of law,” said ABA President James R. Silkenat.
Law Day programs are conducted by legal bar association and groups, courts, schools, youth groups, and community organizations, just to name a few. To learn more about Law Day and upcoming events visit: http://www.lawday.org.
The attorneys at Hannon Legal Group strongly believe in American Democracy and the Rule of Law. Voting is very important. Election outcomes are determined only by those who get out and vote. Elected officials make important decisions about how society will use its resources and what restraints it will place on individual behavior. This can include things like your access to the court when you seek justice.
We strongly encourage you to vote, register to vote if you have not, and to educate yourself on the candidates and the issue to make informed decisions. You can learn more about Florida elections by visiting the Florida Division of Election Website, click here.