About the 2018 Law Day Theme
Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom
The U.S. Constitution sets out a system of government with distinct and independent branches—Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court. It also defines legislative, executive, and judicial powers and outlines how they interact. These three separate branches share power, and each branch serves as a check on the power of the others. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” James Madison explained in Federalist 51. Why? Madison believed that the Constitution’s principles of separation of powers and checks and balances preserve political liberty. They provide a framework for freedom. Yet, this framework is not self-executing. We the people must continually act to ensure that our constitutional democracy endures, preserving our liberties and advancing our rights. The Law Day 2018 theme enables us to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose and to consider how our governmental system is working for ourselves and our posterity.
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Law Day 2018 Planning Resources
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2017 Award Winners
A great deal of effort, hard work, and creativity goes into planning and implementing Law Day activities. Take a look at our 2017 Law Day Outstanding Activity Award winners to learn about how they planned activities around the theme, "The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy."
Law Day Products
Law Day 2018-themed products are now available in the ABA Webstore. Items include t-shirts, mugs, bags, postcards, and more. Shop today while supplies last.
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View ABA President Hilarie Bass's Law Day 2018 Message
FAQs About Law Day
What is Law Day?
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. Learn more about the history of Law Day and past themes here.
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