About Law Day
Law day is a national day designated to mark the nation's commitment to the rule of law. It is an opportunity for bar associations and others throughout the United States to provide community education activities on how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day activities also increase awareness on how the role of courts in this democracy and the importance of jury service to maintaining the integrity of the courts.
In 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower established the first Law Day. In 1961, Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day, subsequently codified (U.S. Code, Title 36, Section 113). Every president since then has issued a Law Day proclamation on May 1 to mark the nation's commitment to the rule of law.
The American Bar Association’s 2013 Law Day theme was Realizing the Dream: Equality for All. The 2014 theme will be American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.
2013 Law Day Events Increase Public Education
High school students and adults gained greater understanding of the legal process and issues, thanks to the Schenectady County Bar Association public service activities marking Law Day.
The public information Ask-a-Lawyer program, held at Schenectady Community College, was well attended and appreciated. Handling the questions were Andrew Healey, David Fallon, Lynn Coles, Tara Moffett, Jenifer Wharton, Deanna Siegel, Daniel Malloy, and Lori Bovee. In addition to this service, SCBA Law Day Chair Bruce Trachtenberg with President Michael Basile presented the Liberty Bell Award to Ronald Butler, Schenectady Drug Court Coordinator, who spoke about the positive impact of the Drug Court as a catalyst in changing lives. The award is presented to non-lawyers for their efforts in furthering the justice system.
Also as part of the Association’s Law Day events, volunteer attorneys and judges presented a panel discussion at Schenectady High School. More than 70 students attended a program at Schenectady High School, which was chaired by the Hon. Vincent J. Reilly, Jr. and included District Attorney Robert Carney, Nancy Snyder, Jorge Rodriguez, Robert Hoffman and Kris Hanson. Panelists spoke about considerations in their career paths in different areas of law.
Our gratitude to Committee Chair Bruce Trachtenberg, with assistance from his paralegal Mary Siudy, for planning this successful event.