Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society

In the United States and around the world, freedom of speech and the press are among the most important foundations for a free society. Free speech and free press are prominent topics in public discourse and litigation. It is impossible to imagine a free society without these individual liberties, yet historical and current debates surrounding them continually challenge us to consider their boundaries and resilience. Changes in technology have reshaped how free speech and free press work in the everyday world.

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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.

Law Day 2019 Planning Guide

The planning guide offers tools to help develop, publicize, and implement a successful event. Resources include: suggested videos, programming ideas, twenty-five important free speech and free press moments in U.S. history, talking points, lesson plans, themed products, and an event checklist.

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Downloadable Resources


Click here to download the 2019 Law Day Artwork in a variety of formats.

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Lesson Plans

Click here to view the lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school students.

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Law Day Art Contest

This annual contest provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about our legal system, justice, get creative and win prizes. The contest can be incorporated into a curriculum, offered as extra credit, or just done for fun. Individual and groups submissions are welcomed.

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Click the link to sign up for updates and announcements as we gear up for the 2019 Law Day theme. Be the first to know when Law Day planning guides, teaching resources, products, and other useful items become available.

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Law Day Outstanding Activity Awards

About the Law Day Awards

This program lets outstanding state and local programs get the national recognition they deserve. Awards are given to programs that have found creative ways of reaching out to schools and the community, and have forged strong partnerships with other groups to deliver the message about the benefits of the rule of law.

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2018 Law Day Award Recipients

A great deal of effort, hard work, and creativity goes into planning and implementing Law Day activities. Take a look at our 2018 Law Day Outstanding Activity Award winners to learn about how they planned activities around the theme.

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