Law Day is a day to reflect on and rededicate ourselves to the rule of law and the principles of liberty, justice, and equality.
Since 1958, the president of the United States has annually recognized Law Day. In 1961, Congress passed a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official day to celebrate Law Day.
This year’s theme is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” The right to vote is the very foundation of government by the people. For this reason, striving to establish and protect every citizen’s right to vote has been a central theme of American legal and civic history. Much of the struggle on voting rights began decades ago, but the work is far from complete, and a citizen’s right to cast a ballot remains at risk today.
One of our most cherished national ideals, expressed eloquently by Abraham Lincoln, is “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It is a principle enshrined in our Nation’s founding documents, from the Declaration of Independence’s assurance that governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed, to the opening three words of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, “We the People.”
This year, the Nevada Supreme Court will once again feature Law Day Live, an interactive webcast linking six high schools across the state to present oral arguments on three Supreme Court cases touching on the theme of “Why Every Vote Matters”. In three “mock appearances” before the Nevada Supreme Court, students will argue pro and con for preserving and extending the right to vote.