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 “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.” One hundred and fifty years ago, President Abraham Lincoln sat in what is now called “Lincoln’s Cottage” to write the Emancipation Proclamation, which marked the beginning of the end of slavery in this country.
In the mind of the Great Liberator, freedom and equality were intertwined. Recall Lincoln’s words in the Gettysburg Address, when he issued a plea for a new birth of freedom” in a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. A century later, standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. renewed the call for freedom and equality in his “I Have a Dream” speech.
This year, the Nevada Supreme Court will once again feature Law Day Live, an interactive webcast linking three high schools across the state to discuss equality. In three “mock appearances” before the Nevada Supreme Court, students will argue pro and con for individual rights.