Law Day was instituted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 to celebrate the rule of law. In 1961, Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 of each year as the official date of Law Day. Each year a theme is selected highlighting a particular aspect of law. The 2015 theme is the Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under the Law.
Warren County Bar Association marks Law Day each year with a number of events. The day commences with the Law Day Breakfast featuring a guest speaker and at which the prestigious Liberty Bell Award is presented to a Warren County resident (historically, not a lawyer) who has promoted a better understanding of the rule of law; encouraged greater respect for law and the courts; stimulated a sense of civic responsibility; and contributed to good government in the community. A Law Day Run, which serves as a fundraiser for local charities, is also scheduled. An Attorney in the Classroom program is organized and presented to local 6th grade Social Studies classes dealing with a topical application of the Law Day theme.
The 2015 committee consists of Mary-Ellen E. Stockwell (chairwoman) and committee members Brian C. Borie (chairman of the law day school’s program), Claudia K. Braymer (immediate past chairwoman), Dustin J. Bruhns, Nathan Hall and Jessica Hugabone Vinson.
Please enjoy viewing our current and past Law Day Programs.
WHEREAS, our legal institutions and system of justice depend on popular participation and support to maintain legitimate authority; and
WHEREAS, Americans from all walks of life, public figures and private individuals alike, have reaffirmed in words and deeds our national allegiance to the rule of law, and
WHEREAS, lawyers and judges recognize that they bear a special responsibility to foster public understanding of law and legal institutions and commitment to the rule of law, and
WHEREAS, Law Day has been an annual observance since President Dwight Eisenhower established it in 1958 as “a day of national dedication to the principle of government under law”, and
WHEREAS, the promise of equality under the law is what has made America a beacon to other nations, and
WHEREAS, Law Day 2014 provides the opportunity to reflect on the importance of every citizen’s right to vote because the right to vote is at the heart of America’s democracy, which is, as Abraham Lincoln expressed, a “government of the people, by the people, for the people”;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED, that I, Kevin B. Geraghty, Chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2014 as
“LAW DAY IN WARREN COUNTY”
and urge all citizens, schools, businesses, legal professionals and the news media to acknowledge the importance of our legal and judicial systems with appropriate ceremonies and activities, and to display the flag of the United States and New York State in support of this educational observance. I further encourage schools, businesses, media, religious institutions, civic, and service organizations to join members of the bar and bench in commemorating Law Day.
Dated: This_______day of _______, 2014.
Kevin B. Geraghty, Chairman
Warren County Board of Supervisors