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Law Day 2021: 'Advancing the Rule of Law Now'

Last week, the American Bar Association (ABA) launched its month-long Law Day 2021 celebration and adopted the theme of “Advancing the Rule of Law Now” for this year’s event.

ABA3As part of this year’s festivities, the ABA will sponsor a virtual panel discussion set to take place on Thursday, April 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET. The program, “Advancing the Rule of Law Around the World,” will discuss the role the U.S. plays in the international law landscape.

“The rule of law is the bedrock of American rights and liberties—in times of calm and unrest alike,” said ABA President Patricia Lee Refo. “The 2021 Law Day theme—‘Advancing the Rule of Law, Now’—reminds all of us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty, and pursue justice.”

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Law Day is usually celebrated on or near May 1 in communities and educational settings around the country, according to the ABA. For those interested in some of the trade group’s Law Day resources, you can visit www.lawday.org. There, you will find things like:

  • An interactive calendar of events
  • Virtual tools
  • Access to a Law Day Virtual Zoom background
  • Social media graphics that can be downloaded and used for events
  • Law Day products
  • Lesson plans
  • Sample essay questions
  • Other items

“Law Day is a special day aimed to help people appreciate their liberties and to affirm their loyalty to the United States, especially with regard to equality and justice. It also aims to cultivate respect for the law, which is vital to the democratic way of life,” according to the Time and Date. “Supported by organizations such as the American Bar Association, this day is an opportunity for people to recognize and discuss the role of courts in the United States. To celebrate Law Day, some local bar associations may hold a luncheon with guest speakers on various legal topics relevant to modern society.”

For its part, the Jacksonville Bar Association will be celebrating on May 1 with a number of different events including a Naturalization Ceremony, Citizenship Day and a Toiletry Drive along with a “themed poster contest for local elementary school students,” according to the local chapter.

Further, the ABA will also unveil the results of the third annual ABA Survey of Civic Literacy on Thursday, April 29, during on online presentation. The survey is aimed at exploring public knowledge on a number of topics related to democracy in America, attitudes toward legal issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice considerations in the U.S.

The ABA’s upcoming “Advancing the Rule of Law Around the World” event can be viewed here.

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