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Law Day  

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."

2019 Law Day Theme: Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society

In the United States and around the world, freedom of speech and the press are among the most important foundations for a free society.  Free speech and free press are prominent topics in public discourse and litigation.  It is impossible to imagine a free society without these liberties, yet historical and current debates surrounding them continually challenge us to consider their boundaries and resilience.  Changes in technology have reshaped how free speech and free press work in the everyday world.

Law Day 2019 offers the opportunity to explore this pair of freedoms by probing their history and considering their future.  Should all speech be "free?" What is the role of government in regulating or protecting the press?  Should speech or the press be constrained through laws or norms? Can a free society exist withougt free speech and free press?

The 2019 Law Day them - Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society - focuses on these cornerstones of representative government and calls us to understand and protect these rights to ensure, as the U.S. Constitution proposes, "the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity."

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.

The 2018 Law Day Luncheon will be on Thursday, May 3rd and our keynote speaker will be the Honorable Robert R. Thomas, Illinois Supreme Court Justice, Second District.

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: Barb Mendralla, DuPage County Bar Association, 126 S. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187 or bmendralla@dcba.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 27, 2018. If your school is interested in participating in this annual Law Day, please contact us for the registration form and register by March 1, 2018.  For more information or to register for Law Day Mock Trial, contact Barb Mendralla at bmendralla@dcba.org with subject "Law Day Mock Trial."

If you are an attorney interested in volunteering to act as a judge, please contact Barb Mendralla at bmendralla@dcba.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 Barb Mendralla at bmendralla@dcba.org 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 28, 2018.  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 Barb Mendralla at bmendralla@dcba.org or 630-653-7779.

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