Yesterday was Law Day. Each year, on May 1st, we celebrate the rule of law and the role of the law and legal processes, including the court system, in promoting democracy and freedom through our celebration of Law Day. First envisioned by the American Bar Association’s then-president, Charles S. Rhyne, in 1957, National Law Day was established as a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law by former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, and May 1st was designated as the official date of celebration by a joint resolution of Congress in 1961.
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1966 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miranda v. Arizona, and in the past 50 years, the Miranda warning, “You have the right to remain silent…” has become a part of America’s popular consciousness. This year’s theme is Miranda: More than Words, and it explores the U.S. Constitution’s procedural protections including and beyond Miranda v. Arizona. You can learn more about the theme here.
If you are interested in learning more about Law Day and this year’s theme, check out the ABA’s 2016 Law Day page!