March 01, 2021

ABA to host virtual Law Day launch program, March 3

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2021 – The ABA will host the Law Day 2021 Virtual Launch Program on Wednesday, March 3 from 4-5 p.m. ET. A panel will discuss the Law Day theme, Advancing the Rule of Law Now. The program is online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program is being held to give people suggestions on how to prepare for a virtual Law Day celebration, which is generally held on May 1 in schools and communities across the nation.  

“The rule of law is the bedrock of American rights and liberties — in times of calm and unrest alike,” said ABA President Patricia Lee Refo. “The 2021 Law Day theme — Advancing the Rule of Law, Now — reminds all of us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty, and pursue justice.”

Speakers for the webinar include, Refo; Will Gunn, national chair of Law Day; Alberto Mora, director, ABA Rule of Law Initiative; Pamila Brown, district judge, Maryland District Court; Zoe Linza, executive director emeritus, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; Crista Hogan, Springfield Bar Association (Missouri); Tracey Settipane, executive director, Monmouth Bar Association (New Jersey); and Rebekah Heilman, ombudsman for Monmouth Vicinage, Superior Court of New Jersey. 

The launch program will preview various Law Day resources and upcoming programs featured on www.lawday.org.

Resources include:

  • An interactive calendar for people to find Law Day events taking place virtually
  • Virtual tools, including access to a Law Day Virtual Zoom background anyone can use during events and social media graphics that could be downloaded and used for events
  • How-to for participating in a national Law Day conversation via video and social media.
  • Law Day products
  • Downloadable high school lesson plans and example essay questions
  • Requirements and entry application for the Law Day Activity 2021 Awards
  • Examples resolution for use with state or local governments

A call for a national conversation about the theme is part of the 2021 Law Day campaign. People can submit their thoughts, ideas, and perspectives on what the Law Day theme means to theme in whatever form of expression they choose including a short video, song, poem, or conversation. These reflections or conversations will be featured at www.lawday.org, or on #lawday-related social media. Your form of expression could be submitted here: lawday@americanbar.org.

The ABA will feature reflections and conversations through June 30.

The complete schedule of Law Day activities can be viewed online.

To register as media for the March 3 webinar, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at Betsy.Adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

The mission of the ABA Division for Public Education is to promote public understanding of law and its role in society.

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