Happy Law Day! Celebrated on May 1 each year, Law Day is an opportunity to honor the principles of our government under law. Law Day was first recognized in 1958 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1961, Congress designated May 1 as the official date with Public Law 87-20, a Joint Resolution “To designate the first day of May of each year as Law Day.” The act was later revised without substantive change by Public Law 105-225 and codified at 36 U.S.C. § 113.
The American Bar Association designates a theme in celebration of Law Day. The theme for 2020 is “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100.” The theme was chosen to commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment and the women’s suffrage movement. See the American Bar Association website for more information about this year’s theme and the history of Law Day.