About the 2017 Law Day Theme

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.

14th Amendment - Library of Congress.

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 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

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