May 31, 2018

Law Day 2018: ABA president discusses separation of powers with Congress law librarian

Law Librarian of Congress Jane Sánchez interviewed American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass May 1 during the library’s lecture to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Law Day.

Envisioned in 1957 by then-ABA President Charles S. Rhyne as a national day to recognize the country’s commitment to the rule of law, Law Day was established by President Dwight Eisenhower the following year.

Each year entities from around the country, such as the Law Library of Congress, celebrate the special day with events and other special programs.

In her interview with Bass, which took place at the Law Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, Sánchez discussed the Law Day theme, “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom,” and Bass’ legal career.

In the May 1 interview, Bass stresses the importance of civics education in America and the need for young people to have “a better understanding of the underlying foundation of our democracy” and the significance of this year’s theme. They also discuss Bass’ areas of emphasis, such as her effort to help secure long-term legal careers for women.

The lecture was presented by the Law Library of Congress and the ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress.

To view the interview, click here.