Law Day is observed annually on May 1st, calling our attention to the law and the legal process that protects our liberty and the freedoms.
A celebration of the law was the idea of Charles S. Rhyne, President of the American Bar Association in 1957. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day as a day of national dedication to the principles of government under the law in 1958.
This year’s Law Day Theme-Advancing the Rule of Law, Now-reminds us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty and pursue justice. As attorneys, we take an oath to uphold these principals.
The rule of law is the bedrock of American rights and liberties. Under the rule of law, power is the sovereign will of the people expressed as non-arbitrary laws that apply to everyone equally. This sovereign power limits the exercise of governmental power so that it does not exceed the authority granted to it by the people.
Abraham Lincoln’s famous quote brings clarity to this idea. “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”