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May 06, 2021

Virtual ABA Law Day program to focus on the rule of law and issues of access

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2021 — The American Bar Association will continue its celebration of  Law Day 2021 in a free virtual public program. The live online panel discussion will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 6-7:30 p.m. EDT.

The program, Advancing the Rule of Law Now: Access and Accountability, A Call to Action” highlights the ABA Law Day theme, “Advancing the Rule of Law Now,” from the perspective of access and accountability, including access to justice, opportunity, public goods or services under law, and guaranteeing of rights; also the accountability of elected officials and law enforcement officers.  

“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 Now: Access and Accountability, A Call to Action” Presented by the Division for Public Education  

When:  Wednesday, May 12  6-7:30 p.m. EDT

Where: Online

Joining President Refo for the webinar will be: Will Gunn, national chair of Law Day; Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Montrece Ransom, director, National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training, National Network of Public Health Institutes; Ellen Rosenblum, attorney general of Oregon; Juan Thomas, former National Bar Association president; of counsel Quintairos, Prieto, Wood, & Boyer, P.A.; and Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA, School 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. 

The program will be recorded. It will also be livestreamed on YouTube (@ABA Division for Public Education.)

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

Other Law Day Resources:

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.