ABA launches Law Day 2021

March 29, 2021

The American Bar Association launched its celebration of Law Day 2021 this month with a virtual panel discussion about the Law Day theme, “Advancing the Rule of Law Now.” The program provides suggestions on how to prepare for a virtual Law Day celebration. Law Day is generally held on or around May 1 in schools and communities across the nation. 

The ABA website features resources to help schools and communities with a virtual celebration of Law Day 2021.

The ABA website features resources to help schools and communities with a virtual celebration of Law Day 2021.

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“The rule of law is the bedrock of American rights and liberties — in times of calm and unrest alike,” ABA President Patricia Lee Refo said. “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.”

The launch program previewed Law Day resources and upcoming programs featured on  

Resources include:

  • An interactive calendar of Law Day virtual events
  • Virtual tools, including access to a Law Day Virtual Zoom background for use during events, and social media graphics that can be downloaded and used for events
  • Suggestions 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, which are presented for outstanding Law Day planning efforts.
  • Examples of Law Day Resolutions for use with state or local governments

The National Law Day program, “Advancing the Rule of Law Around the World,” will be Thursday, April 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET.  This program will cover the role of the United States within the international rule of law landscape. The event will be livestreamed here.

In recognition of Law Day 2021, the ABA will unveil results from its third ABA Survey of Civic Literacy on Thursday, April 29, during a live online event. The nationally representative nationwide survey explores the public’s knowledge of the basics of American democracy, as well as attitudes toward legal issues surrounding COVID-19 and racial justice in the United States.

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