In 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower established the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law, and Congress issued a joint resolution in 1961 designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day. Since then, every president has issued a Law Day proclamation on May 1 to celebrate the nation’s commitment to the rule of law.

This year’s Law Day theme is “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom” and highlights the importance of the courts and their role in ensuring access to justice for all Americans. 

“All of us must have and protect our right and our freedom to use courtrooms when we need to. That courtroom must be open to protect families. That courtroom must be open to validate and protect contracts for business. That courtroom must be open to keep the wheels of justice turning. That courtroom must be open to defend our individual rights to prove again and again that we continue to be a free society. All of that takes more money … not less and less money for our courts.” — American Bar Association President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III

Visit the American Bar Association’s (ABA) website for more information to learn more about Law Day and how it is being recognized across the nation today.