About the 2017 Law Day Theme

The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy

The 2017 theme provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Through its Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses, this transformative amendment advanced the rights of all Americans. It also played a pivotal role in extending the reach of the Bill of Rights to the states. Ratified during Reconstruction a century and a half ago, the Fourteenth Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under law.

Click here to learn more about the 14th Amendment through the Library of Congress.

Click here to listen to the audio news release.

Law Day Presidential Proclamation

"Today, we celebrate Law Day, as we have since President Dwight D. Eisenhower first commemorated it in 1958, and reflect upon our great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality."

- President Donald J. Trump

Law Day Statement from John G. Roberts Jr.,
Chief Justice of the United States

"In celebration of Law Day, May 1, 2017, I encourage federal judges throughout the country to recognize the day and this year's theme, "The Fourteenth Amendment: Transforming American Democracy," as we work together to advance public education about the constitutional values that define and shape our great nation."
- John G. Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the United States

Watch the 2017 Leon Jaworski Public Program on the 14th Amendment

The 2017 Jaworski public program focused on the Fourteenth Amendment and its role—past, present, and future—in transforming American democracy. Panelists discussed a variety of topics, including key cases, legislation, and issues related to the Fourteenth Amendment. View a webcast of the full program here.

Law Day 2017 Resources

Download the 2017 Law Day Planning Guide

Packed with useful information for planning Law Day activities that incorporate the theme The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy, the 2017 Law Day Planning Guide is a great resource for Law Day planners and organizers.

Viewing on a desktop computer?
Click here for a version of the Planning Guide that contains an interactive timeline on page 5-6.

Looking to print the Planning Guide or view it on a mobile device? 
Click here for a mobile and print-friendly version of the Planning Guide. 

Download the 2017 Law Day Dialogue

The ABA Dialogue program provides lawyers, judges and teachers with the resources they need to engage students and community members in discussion of fundamental American legal principles and civic traditions.

Click here to learn more about the dialogue program.

Click here to download the dialogue.

Download the 2017 Sample Proclamation

Law Day Products

Law Day 2017-themed products are now available in the ABA Webstore. Items include t-shirts, mugs, bags, postcards, and more. Shop today while supplies last.


Download Law Day Artwork 

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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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For inquiries about Law Day or if you wish to report a Law Day event or activity, please contact:

Chandra Fitzpatrick
Senior Outreach Manager, Division for Public Education

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