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.

History of Law Day

President Dwight 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, which is subsequently codified (U.S. Code, Title 36, Section 113). Every president since then has issued a Law Day proclamation on May 1 to celebrate the nation's commitment to the rule of law.

Programs and Awards

Law Day Awards

The Law Day Award goes to those who highlight the best programs that promote public understanding of law and integrate the Law Day theme.

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Leon Jaworski Public Programs

Since 2001, the American Bar Association Division for Public Education has conducted the Leon Jaworski public program series to commemorate Law Day. The Jaworski public programs examine themes of law, politics, and culture and operate with a goal to help us better understand who we are as Americans and as global citizens.

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