Tennessee Celebrates Law Day

April 30, 2012

Nashville, Tenn.On May 1, judges, lawyers and citizens across the state will be participating in various events to celebrate Law Day. Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Cornelia A. Clark is this year’s state chair of Law Day. 

“Law Day gives us a chance to recognize the many professionals who work within the judicial system and the importance of having a fully funded court system,” Chief Justice Clark said. “Our courts carry out the laws enacted by our government and ensure that all people are treated fairly under those laws.” 

Envisioned in 1957 by then American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes as a special national day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law, the first Law Day was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower the following year. Law Day was made official in 1961 when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official Law Day. Governor Bill Haslam has also proclaimed May 1 as Tennessee Law Day in recognition of the state’s judicial system. 

"Law Day provides an important opportunity for all Americans to reflect on the unique elements of our legal and judicial systems,” Tennessee Bar Association President Danny Van Horn said. “Over the next several days, legal organizations across the state will be holding events and activities to celebrate the rule of law and foster greater understanding of the American judicial system. All Tennesseans are encouraged to get involved." 

This year’s Law Day theme is No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom which highlights the crucial role of courts and the need to foster a better understanding of the judiciary. 

For more information on Law Day or to find a local event, visit http://www.tba.org/info/2012-law-day-events-in-tennessee.