Law Day 2014
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Law Day events were held all over the country on May 1 to celebrate the 2014 Law Day theme: Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters. Law Day 2014 included four national Law Day events in Washington, D.C.:
- a Law Day Dialogue on voting with 314 high school students;
- a high school educators’ breakfast program discussing how to teach democracy in the classroom;
- a voting roundtable with leaders of 15 bar, voter-advocacy, and civil-rights groups, and
- a Jaworski Public Program with legal scholars discussing universal suffrage.
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Law Day 2014 Theme:
American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters
One of our most cherished national ideals, expressed eloquently by Abraham Lincoln, is “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It is a principle enshrined in our Nation’s founding documents, from the Declaration of Independence’s assurance that governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed, to the opening three words of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, “We the People.”
The right to vote is the very foundation of government by the people. For this reason, striving to establish and protect every citizen’s right to vote has been a central theme of American legal and civic history. Much of the struggle on voting rights began decades ago, but the work is far from complete, and a citizen’s right to cast a ballot remains at risk today.
As we approach the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 2014 Law Day theme, American Democracy and the Rule of Law: 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.