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April 30, 2021

Statement of ABA President Patricia Lee Refo Re: Law Day 2021

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2021 – This Saturday, May 1, the American Bar Association joins the nation to commemorate Law Day, the annual observance of the fundamental role that the rule of law plays in our society.

This year’s Law Day theme, “Advancing the Rule of Law Now,” is particularly significant considering the events of the past year. The rule of law means no one is above the law, and no one is beneath it — the law treats all equally, holding everyone accountable in the same way. It demands the enforcement of the law is clear and fair, the judiciary is independent, and fundamental human rights are guaranteed to all.

We have made progress as a nation in areas of equity but there is so much work still to do. The rule of law provides us with a framework to improve. Law Day is an opportunity for lawyers to educate the public on the work we do and the role we all play in creating a more just and equitable society.

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