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April 26, 2021

Virtual ABA Law Day program to focus on the rule of law globally

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2021 — The American Bar Association and the Law Library of Congress will celebrate Law Day 2021 in a free virtual public program. The live online panel discussion will be held on Thursday, April 29, 3:30-5 p.m. EDT.

The 2021 national Law Day Program, “Advancing the Rule of Law: A Global Perspective,” highlights the ABA Law Day theme, “Advancing the Rule of Law Now,” from an international perspective.

“The ABA is excited to offer this virtual educational program as well as the wealth of additional resources about the rule of law on the Law Day webpage,” ABA President Patricia Lee Refo said. “These programs and tools help us deepen our understanding of the rule of law and remind us of our shared responsibility to advance the rule of law now.”

What:  “Advancing the Rule of Law: A Global Perspective”         

                Presented by the Division for Public Education and the Law Library of Congress

When:  Thursday, April 29
                  3:30-5 p.m. EDT

Where: Online event

Joining Refo for the webinar will be: Will Gunn, national chair of Law Day; Aslihan Bulut, acting Law Librarian of Congress; panel moderator Elizabeth Andersen, executive director, World Justice Project; Jenny Gesley, foreign law specialist, Law Library of Congress; Ashley Quarcoo, senior fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Temuri Yakobashvili, former deputy prime minister of Georgia, former ambassador of Georgia to the U.S., TY Strategies LLC.

Among questions the panelists will address:

  • How has the United States served as a beacon of sustained rule of law for many around the world, and how has that evolved in recent years?
  • How do rule of law moments in the United States affect other countries?
  • Can the United States still claim a leadership role when it comes to the rule of law?

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

The public can register here for the program. 

Classroom resources, a calendar of Law Day events around the country and the planning guide to conduct events are available here.

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 other Law Day resources.

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

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at and on Twitter @ABANews