Law Day U.S.A. was established in 1958, by presidential proclamation and reaffirmed by joint resolution of Congress in 1961. Law Day is annually celebrated on May 1 of every year as a "special day of celebration by the American people in appreciation of their liberties and to provide an occasion for re-dedication of the ideals of equity and justice under the laws."
Law Day Theme
Each year the Law Day theme is chosen to highlight current issues of law and justice. The theme for Law Day 2016 is Miranda: More than Words.
Previous Law Day themes include: Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law (2015) American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters (2014); Realizing the Dream: Equality for All (2013) No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom (2012); The Legacy of John Adams from Boston to Guantanamo (2011); and Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges (2010).
For more information, please visit the American Bar Association.
Law Day Annual Luncheon
The DuPage County Bar Association Law Day Luncheon is held each year around Law Day. At the luncheon the legal community celebrates together Law Day. The Liberty Bell award and Legal Assistance’s Pro Bono awards are presented at this luncheon and ends with a keynote speaker.
Law Day Luncheon is scheduled on April 27, 2016. We are pleased to welcome Judge John W. Darrah, Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois as the 2016 keynote speaker. The 2015 keynote speaker was Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke.
Liberty Bell Award
The DCBA Law Day Committee annually solicits nominations for the annual Liberty Bell Award which is awarded at the Law Day Luncheon. The recipient is a non-attorney who has devoted substantial time and effort toward attaining and maintaining justice in these areas:
1) Promoting a better understanding of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights;
2) Encouraging greater respect for law and the courts;
3) Stimulating a deeper sense of individual responsibility so that citizens recognize their duties as well as their rights;
4) Contributing to the effective functioning of our institutions of government; and
5) Fostering better understanding and appreciation of the rule of law.
Nominations for 2015 must be received by March 25, 2016 and should be forwarded to:Leslie Monahan, DuPage County Bar Association, 126 S. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mock Trial Presentations
The DuPage County Bar Association will host Mock Trial Presentations for DuPage County students in Grades 6-8 at the DuPage County Judicial Center on April 29, 2016. If your school is interested in participating in this annual Law Day, please contact us for the registration form and register by March 1, 2016. For more information or to register for Law Day Mock Trial, contact Cynthia Garcia at email@example.com with subject "Law Day Mock Trial."
If you are an attorney interested in volunteering to act as a judge, please contact Cynthia Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Bar Center at 630-653-7779.
Lawyer Outreach Program
Lawyer Outreach program is offered to DuPage County Schools during the month of April. Volunteer attorneys come to the classroom to talk with students about Mock Trial Presentation, Law Careers in law and Law in general. If you would like more information about this program or a lawyer interested in speaking at one of the DuPage County Schools, please contact Cynthia Garcia at email@example.com or 630-653-7779.
Ask a Lawyer
The DuPage County Bar Association will participate in the annual Ask a Lawyer Day sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) on April 23, 2016. Anyone in Illinois with a question about a legal matter can call and talk to a volunteer attorney. If you are an attorney interested in volunteering, please contact Cynthia Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-653-7779.
American Bar Association Law Day Home Page and Illinois State Bar Association Law Related Resources Home Page for more information.