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April 23, 2020

ABA 2020 Survey of Civic Literacy results to be unveiled at virtual program

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2020 — In recognition of Law Day 2020, the American Bar Association will unveil results from the ABA 2020 Survey of Civic Literacy on Friday, May 1, from 12 to 12:30 p.m. EDT during a live online event.

ABA President Judy Perry Martinez and Judge Mary Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit will discuss the nationwide survey of civics knowledge and Americans’ views on a range of issues, including the 19th Amendment, the Electoral College and constitutional rights. The results also include significant findings on changing public attitudes toward voting in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we look forward to the celebration of Law Day, we continue to highlight the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote and launched the largest expansion of democracy in our country’s history,” ABA President Judy Perry Martinez said. “The release of the ABA Survey of Civic Literacy will serve as an apt complement to events across the country, exploring public knowledge and opinions on issues affecting our government and society.”

ABA 2020 Survey of Civic Literacy results

Friday, May 1, from 12-12:30 p.m. EDT

Online event

The event is free and open to members of the media and the public, but registration is required. For media credentialing and to receive the event link, contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or [email protected].

The ABA Law Day theme is, “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100.”

About 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. Congress issued a joint resolution in 1961 designating May 1 as the official Law Day. Many civic groups and bar associations celebrate with programs, presentations and events. Visit the ABA’s Law Day website ( for Law Day resources.

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