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Law Day

Lively, civil discussion is the hallmark of Law Day, which is celebrated every year on May 1 and throughout the month of May.

Law Day 2019 – Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society

Law Day is an annual celebration of the rule of law in a free society. Throughout May, the legal community reaches out in communities across the nation to simulate appreciation and critical thinking about the founding fundamentals that are so easily taken for granted.

Speeches, gatherings, and programs for adults and students set the stage for a month-long exploration of enduring legal principles. Many federal courts open their doors in May to bring the next generation of jurors into courtrooms to see and to participate in the process of justice for all.

Since 1958, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the first Law Day, Americans have taken the opportunity to recommit themselves to remaining a nation of laws. The observance became official in 1961, when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as Law Day.

This year is the 50th anniversary of Tinker v. Des Moines and a time to revisit landmark Supreme Court cases that changed student free speech and free expression rights at school.

To learn about Law Day activities at your local, federal courthouse, start by going to the court locator to connect with your nearest federal courthouse.