Law Day

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 2023 theme is Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility, and Collaboration.

Warren County Bar Association marks Law Day each year with various events. Whether a morning breakfast or an evening reception, our  Law Day celebration features guest speakers, honors the winners of the annual Mock Trial competition, and presents the prestigious Liberty Bell Award 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.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE LIBERTY BELL INFORMATION AND NOMINATION FORM.

The 2023 committee consists of Vanessa Hutton (chairwoman) and committee members Hon. Glen Bruening, Nicole Fish, Karen Judd, Dennis Tarantino, Dmitir Yepikhin, Matthew Skinner. 

To view photos of our current and past Law Day Programs, click on the Media Gallery section on this website.


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”;


RESOLVED, that I, Kevin B. Geraghty, Chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2014 as
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