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April 22, 2021

ABA 2021 Civic Literacy Survey reveals views on COVID restrictions and justice system

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2021 — In recognition of Law Day 2021, the American Bar Association will unveil results from the ABA 2021 Survey of Civic Literacy on Thursday, April 29, from noon to 1 p.m. EDT during a live online event.

The survey measures the American public’s civics knowledge as well as their views on a range of topical issues, including COVID-19 vaccines, the use of face masks and the fairness of the American justice system.

“As we look forward to the annual celebration of Law Day, we use this occasion to recognize the importance of the rule of law as the bedrock of American rights and liberties,” said ABA President Patricia Lee Refo. “The release of the 2021 ABA Survey of Civic Literacy highlights the public’s knowledge of civics and opinions on issues at the forefront of our nation.”

Refo and panelists Laura Coates, CNN senior legal analyst; Roslyn Brock, chairman emeritus of the NAACP National Board of Directors; Bryan Porter, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Alexandria, Virginia; and Juan R. Thomas, vice chair of the ABA’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Section, will discuss survey results on racial justice.

What:         ABA 2021 Survey of Civic Literacy results

When:        Thursday, April 29, from noon-1 p.m. EDT

Where:       Online

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 public can register here.

The ABA Law Day theme is Advancing the Rule of Law Now.

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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