“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere.”
So wrote the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King from his cell in a Birmingham, Alabama jail in 1963. Dr. King’s words as well as his dream of equality for all Americans, is at the heart of the American Bar Association’s annual Law Day celebration. Law Day is a day set aside to honor the legal process that contributes to the freedoms all Americans share. Law Day also recognizes the role of courts in the American democracy and the significance of jury service to maintaining the integrity of the court system.
This year’s Law Day theme, “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All” recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The ABA intends the day to provide a forum “for reflecting on the work that remains to be done in rectifying justice, eliminating all forms of discrimination, and putting an end to human trafficking and other violations of our basic human rights.”
Law Day was the brainchild of ABA President Charles S. Rhyne and became a day of national dedication under President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958. Every May 1 since, the president of the United States has issued a Law Day proclamation emphasizing the importance of this day.
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