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: The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy
The 2017 theme provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Through its Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses, this transformative amendment advanced the rights of all Americans. It also played a pivotal role in extending the reach of the Bill of Rights to the states. Ratified during Reconstruction a century and a half ago, the Fourteenth Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under law
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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 Thursday, May 4,2017 and our Key Note Speaker will be the Honorable Diane P. Wood, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
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 should be forwarded to:Cynthia Garcia, 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 21, 2017. If your school is interested in participating in this annual Law Day, please contact us for the registration form and register by March 1, 2017. 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 29, 2017. 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.