October 01, 2018

Law Day 2019

Can the Rule of Law Survive Social Media?

The theme for this year’s Law Day is Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.

Explore how changes in technology have reshaped how free speech and the free press work in the 21st century. What is the role of government in regulating or protecting the press? Should speech or the press be constrained through laws or norms? Can a free society exist without free speech and a free press?

Law Day is held on May 1st every year to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the first Law Day in 1958 to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. In 1961, Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day. Learn more about the history of Law Day and past themes here.

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