May Day Is National Law Day

Festivities abound on May 1st.

May Day, the first of May, is an ancient ritual dating to the middle ages thought to divide the year in half, between the light and the dark. There was a lot of imbibing and dancing and flower exchanging – in no particular order – associated with this celebration.

Today, May Day, celebrating the arrival of spring, is an official holiday in sixty-six countries but rarely recognized in the United States.

Instead, we celebrate Law Day.

Proposed by the American Bar Association in 1957 as “a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law”, Law Day was finally recognized through a Presidential Proclamation by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 and later codified by Public Law 87-20 on April 7, 1961. Charles S. Rhyne, Eisenhower’s legal counsel for a time and past President of the American Bar Association, conceived of the idea.

Per the ABA, the 2021 Law Day theme is Advancing the Rule of Law Now. On April 29th, the American Bar Association Division for Public Education will livestream a program on YOUTUBE from 3:30 to 5:00 PM ET entitled Advancing the Rule of Law Around the World that “will explore the rule of law from an international perspective, specifically, the role of the United States within the international rule of law landscape.”

Tune in here to view.


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