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.
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
"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
Download the 2017 Law Day Dialogue
Law Day Products
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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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