President's Message



A day to reflect…Law Day.

In 1958, President Eisenhower proclaimed May 1st as Law Day to honor the role of law in the creation of the United States of America.

The American Bar Association (ABA) defines Law Day as: “A national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share.” The language of the statute ordaining May 1 calls it “a special day of celebration by the American people in appreciation of their liberties and rededication to the ideals of equality and justice under law.”

The 2016 Law Day theme, as designated by the ABA, is Miranda: More than Words. This theme will “explore the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.” The ABA has created a webpage devoted to Law Day, which provides a planning guide for activities to celebrate Law Day as well as a Dialogue Kit, including Power Point presentations, case summaries, and much more. NACM Board member Judge Kevin Burke wrote about Law Day and Miranda. I hope his words inspire you!

There are a number of courts that have already planned Law Day activities to commemorate the occasion. As May quickly approaches, I encourage each of you to look for ways your courts can educate your communities on the important work of the justice system.



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