Law Day 2013

On May 1, students, academia, and representatives from the judicial branch gathered in San Francisco to commemorate Law Day with Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. This year’s theme, "Realizing the Dream," celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Lincoln.

The event included presentation of the Chief Justice's Award for Exemplary Service and Leadership to the state's law academies. See video (14:19)


sample of cartoon1st Amendment Cartoon Contest Winners Announced
Elementary, middle, and high school students participated nationally in the First Amendment Cartoon Contest. Students submitted cartoons depicting any one of the First Amendment freedoms: of speech, of the press, of religion, of assembly, of association, and of petition. Six contest winners were announced on Law Day—six from California. View gallery



What Is Law Day?

Law Day events are conducted each May 1 across the country to help youth and adults understand how law keeps us free and how our legal system strives to achieve justice. Every year since 1958 the president of the United States has issued a Law Day proclamation recognizing the importance of this day.


Each year, the American Bar Association coordinates the theme and message for Law Day and makes resources available to local schools, courts, libraries, community organizations, and educators interested in hosting their own event. The ABA's Law Day Planning Guide contains ideas for events big or small.

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