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A Special Law Day Program

Pennsylvania: Taking the Next Step: Ensuring Trusted Elections and Civics for Pennsylvanians

Law Day, May 1, 2024

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Join the ABA Task Force for American Democracy for its third stop on a cross-country listening tour focused on addressing the key issues facing our democracy, such as ensuring trust in elections and improving civic dialog.

Time and Location

Law Day, May 1, 2024
1:00 pm  Registration
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm  Program
Reception to Follow

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


A livestream will be available on this page during the program, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm ET on May 1.

Welcome Remarks

  • Mike McDonald
    President, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Jen Coatsworth
    Philadelphia Bar Chancellor

Importance of Law Day

  • Judge Jim Eisenhower
  • Matt Archer-Beck
    ABA Law Day Chair

Introduction of American Bar Association Task Force for American Democracy

  • Mary Smith
    President, American Bar Association

Conversation on Civility and the State of Democracy

  • Hon. J. Michael Luttig
    Task Force Co-Chair
  • Secretary Jeh Charles Johnson
    Task Force Co-Chair
  • Dean Mark Alexander
    Villanova Law (Moderator)

Presentation by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of State

  • Al Schmidt
    Secretary of State

Nuts and Bolts of Free and Fair Elections

  • Panel Discussion with Q&A

Strategies to Educate and Inform Citizens: Increasing Confidence in our Government and Electoral Process

  • Panel Discussion with Q&A

Call to Action: Next Steps

  • Now it’s Your Turn – Your Individual Responsibility in Our Democracy
    Taking the first step of many to ensure trust in elections and civics and civility in Pennsylvania

Closing Remarks

  • Reception to Follow